Business as usual. Those three words would best sum up today’s performance, as the Bucks crushed the Pistons 121-86 to go up 1-0 in this playoff series.
Things would go expected in the first quarter. It’d take about 20 seconds for the Bucks fans to erupt in unison. Milwaukee quickly raced out to a 38-18 lead after one, led greatly by Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez.
It’d be the same story in the second quarter — utter domination. Detroit had zero answers, and would fail to get anything to fall. George Hill would come off the bench with hefty contributions in the second, and play a role in the Bucks maintaining a massive halftime lead, 70-43.
There would be absolutely nothing Detroit could do for the rest of this game. In reality, this game was over as soon as Lopez threw down the alley-oop on the opening possession. There would be a brief spell of bad blood in the third quarter when Andre Drummond was ejected for blatantly pushing Giannis out of a shot attempt (Blake Griffin would also pick up a technical foul).
How awesome would this one finish out? Tim Frazier would be the point guard at the beginning of the fourth. Another day at the office for your Milwaukee Bucks. When the storm had finally dissipated, Milwaukee walked out with a 121-86 Game 1 victory.
Stat That Stood Out
The versatility of this Bucks lineup is a large part of what provided them with 60 wins on the season, and it was the same story tonight. The first half would see Milwaukee go just 7-of-22 from deep. That’d typically mean in a team losing, right? Not if you’re the Bucks. Instead, they’d hold a 27 point halftime lead. I can tell you now that you won’t see too many teams in this league have as poor of a shooting performance and hold that massive of a lead. It really is a testament as to how deep and well-rounded this squad is. I mean, how comforting is it to know that despite an icy night from deep, destruction was still on the menu? Pretty awesome, if you ask me. On to Game 2!