Larry Drew promised changes in the starting lineup, and he delivered (again). The result on the court looked the same as ever.
Seven different players scored in double figures for the Detroit Pistons, including 15 points for Brandon Jennings in his first ever game against the Bucks. Jennings hit four three-pointers in the first quarter and added 13 assists, while Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons with 17 points off the bench. The Pistons built a 20-point lead in the first quarter and stretched it to 31 by halftime in a dominant performance from top to bottom. They shot the lights out, forced a ton of turnovers, and held the Bucks to under 36% shooting in the first half.
John Henson had 15 points to lead Milwaukee, adding 7 rebounds and a pair of steals and blocks. Gary Neal and Khris Middleton each scored 14 points, with Middleton getting the start against his former team. He was 5-9 from the field and recorded 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Brandon Knight also started in his return to Motor City, shooting 2-7 for 8 points and dishing 4 assists. He committed 6 turnovers in just 21 minutes, however, contributing a great deal to the Pistons' early-game dominance.
Despite a move to the bench, Caron Butler still led the team in minutes with 27, and was on the court for the entire 4th quarter. He finished with 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. Luke Ridnour played just 10 ineffective minutes in a reserve role. Nate Wolters played 17 minutes, scoring 8 points and dishing 3 helpers.
Bucks fans got a full quarter of Giannis Antetokounmpo to calm their insatiable hunger, and he treated them to a highlight dunk in delayed transition. He also showed off that trademark aggression in transition, drawing a foul with those impossibly long strides. It's hard to draw any real conclusions from this game, as it was completely out of hand before the break, but if Drew was looking for better energy he only saw it in spurts. After the game he characterized the team as one "searching for an identity". It's hard to identify anything the Bucks are doing well right now, and the only reason they aren't definitely the worst team in the NBA is because the Utah Jazz play in the brutal Western Conference.
Milwaukee's next chance at a streak-snapping win comes Wednesday when they host John Wall and the Washington Wizards.