The game was over almost as soon as it began.
The Milwaukee Bucks, who have a championship-caliber roster and one of the game’s most dominant players in Giannis Antetokounmpo, quickly put away a hobbled Detroit Pistons team that was missing not only Cade Cunningham, but several other core players as well Monday night. Killian Hayes (left shoulder contusion) was a late scratch, and Isaiah Stewart (left shoulder soreness) missed his fourth game in two weeks.
Milwaukee opened the game with a 28-8 run in the first five minutes and three seconds and never looked back, easily putting the Pistons away with a 150-130 win. Bojan Bogdanovic (33 points, 11-for-15 overall shooting), Jalen Duren (career-high 23 points, 14 rebounds) and Jaden Ivey (12 points, career-high 11 assists) were three of the lone bright spots on a night the Pistons didn’t give fans much to cheer for.
The Bucks hit 12 of their first 13 shots, and Antetokounmpo scored 20 of his 29 points in eight first-quarter minutes. When Antetokounmpo checked out with 3:33 to play in the opening period, the Bucks led the Pistons 40-12. He also tallied 12 rebounds and four assists. Detroit trailed by 25 points after the first.
Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo drives on Pistons forward Saddiq Bey in the first half on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, at Little Caesars Arena.
It was another disappointing effort for the Pistons, who were blown out by the Bulls by 18 points in Paris last Thursday and played their first game since the trip. After a cold start, Detroit managed to end the night shooting 49.4% overall and 40.6% from 3. But their shooting splits improved in garbage time, as they were only able to get within 20 points the rest of the way.
Pistons honor Hall-of-Famer Bob Lanier
The Pistons lost one of their greatest figures in franchise history last spring when Bob Lanier, who played 10 seasons in Detroit from 1970-80 before finishing his career in Milwaukee, passed away on May 10 at the age of 73. With the Bucks in town, the Pistons honored Lanier’s legacy during Monday’s game.
At halftime, the Pistons hosted Lanier’s family at midcourt, and they were escorted…
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Publish date : 2023-01-24 02:39:27
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