Facing the Detroit Pistons for the third time in six games isn’t exactly a recipe for a game to remember, and tonight didn’t disappoint in that regard. This one’s heading out of the memory banks the second my head hits the pillow. The first half was much of the domination we’ve grown accustomed to this past week, with the Bucks leaping out to a 58-47 halftime lead that was closer than it should’ve been after a pesky Pistons performance.
Detroit continued to make this game just close enough until late in the fourth that Bud kept most of his starters in there to finish it out. No one player needed to dominate the box score, but the team found success through balanced scoring from the starters and a boost from the bench. The Bucks are about to face three quality opponents in a row, Dallas, Brooklyn and the Lakers, so banking any and all wins is paramount as they try to chase the top Eastern Conference seed. Especially in light of Brooklyn’s move to trade for James Harden. They’ve taken care of business since the calendar turned to 2021 against the lower echelon of their division.
Stat That Stood Out
22 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists for Giannis Antetokounmpo. His second triple-double of the season, Giannis’s all-around stat line showed his willingness to defer to teammates, and more importantly their ability to pay it off. There were plenty of dishes to the corner that led to open triples, and it was surprisingly the rebound category that Giannis had to chase down the stretch. At least he didn’t play the most minutes of all the starters.