NBA regular season

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks snap 3-game skid

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks snap 3-game skid

TOUGH TASK. Pistons forward Trey Lyles tries to stop the driving Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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Playing minus three starters, the Bucks still roll over the Pistons to arrest an early skid

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 28 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists, and 4 blocks as the shorthanded Milwaukee Bucks continued their dominance of the host Detroit Pistons with a 117-89 rout on Tuesday night, November 2 (Wednesday, November 3, Manila time).

Milwaukee has won 15 consecutive games against its Central Division opponent, including the postseason.

Pat Connaughton and Jordan Nwora had 16 points apiece and Bobby Portis added 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Justin Robinson chipped in 11 points with 4 assists as the Bucks snapped a three-game losing streak. 

With the win, the defending champion Bucks also got back to the .500 mark  at 4-4.

The Bucks played without starters Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday, and Brook Lopez due to illness or injury. It didn’t matter, as Milwaukee took the lead early in the opening quarter and held it the rest of the way.

Jerami Grant led the Pistons, who have only one win this season, with 21 points. Trey Lyles added 13 points and 7 rebounds off the bench.

The top pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, Cade Cunningham, had a woeful shooting night for Detroit. He made just 2-of-14 shots from the field and went 0-for-9 on three-point attempts to finish with just 6 points in 29 minutes.

For the game, the Bucks shot 50% from the field and held Detroit to 32.3%.

Antetokounmpo had 12 points and 7 assists by halftime as the Bucks raced to a 57-39 lead. The Pistons shot 34.1% from the field in the half as no one besides Grant had more than 6 points. 

Milwaukee also controlled the boards, grabbing 10 more rebounds than the home team.

The Bucks finished the half on a 21-8 run with two-time league MVP Antetokounmpo assisting on the last three baskets.

Milwaukee continued to maintain a comfortable lead during the third quarter. Portis had a putback dunk with 4:29 remaining in the quarter to make it 76-53.

Rodney Hood’s three-pointer late in the quarter increased the Bucks’ advantage to 88-59. They carried a 90-62 lead into the fourth quarter.

Antetokounmpo made a triple with about 10 minutes left to push the Bucks’ advantage past 30 points. –