The first quarter and a decent chunk of the second quarter saw both teams sticking side-by-side. Eventually, though, Milwaukee fell back on Giannis Antetokounmpo to gain some ground before halftime. Throughout the second, Milwaukee ran into moments where they looked incredibly disoriented, and some extracurriculars from Detroit’s Blake Griffin also caused some bumps in the road, but Milwaukee managed to stay on top of things, ultimately claiming the victory.
Giannis’ MVP campaign isn’t slowing down one bit. Tonight, he tallied 35 points, nine rebounds and drilled four shots from beyond the arc.
Better than anyone on this Bucks squad — and maybe in the league — Giannis commanded the flow of the game, helping Milwaukee overcome scoring droughts with easy offense and paint versatility.
Khris Middleton still needs a few weeks to return to full speed, but he put up 17 points tonight, utilizing a steadily effective isolation game. Wesley Matthews also punched in eight points, shooting the ball smoothly in the first half.
Former Bucks Tony Snell, Christian Wood, Thon Maker and Tim Frazier donned Pistons blue tonight. Snell and Wood scored seven, Maker scored five and Frazier went scoreless.
Stats That Stood Out
Giannis didn’t register an assist tonight. The last time that happened was February in 2016 versus the Utah Jazz.