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Giannis Antetokounmpo's triple-double powers Bucks past Pistons

Giannis Antetokounmpo's triple-double powers Bucks past Pistons

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DETROIT — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his 20th career triple-double, and the Milwaukee Bucks easily beat the Detroit Pistons for the third time this month, 110-101 on Wednesday night.

The Bucks (8-4) built a commanding early lead with a barrage of 3-pointers. Brook Lopez connected three times from beyond the arc in the first quarter, when the Bucks were 7 of 11 from long distance. Detroit was just 4 of 20 overall in the period and trailed 27-13 after one.

That pattern continued through much of the second quarter. At one point, Milwaukee led 52-29 and had more 3-pointers (11) than Detroit had field goals (9). The Bucks finished 19 of 43 (44.2%) from long range in winning their third straight game and sixth in their past seven.

“We’ve just tried to keep building on shooting and making it a priority,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “It takes good passing, good ball movement, and then guys have to knock down shots.”

The Pistons cut the deficit to 11 at halftime and again early in the fourth quarter. But a Lopez block on a Saben Lee dunk attempt slowed Detroit’s momentum. Lopez finished with nine points, had 11 rebounds and blocked four shots.

“He’s such a big part of our defense and does a great job of protecting the paint, protecting the rim, getting blocked shots,” Budenholzer said of Lopez. “It’s just a big part of who we are. He’s very gifted. You never want to not appreciate how good he is in the paint, how good he is around the rim. Tonight he was pretty special.”

After the Lopez block on Lee, Holiday scored to begin a four-minute stretch in which he tallied nine of his 21 points en route to another solid performance after arriving in an offseason trade.

“He’s a player that he can recognize the game and he knows what he can do and he’s always ready,” Antetokounmpo said of Holiday. “He’s always ready. The fourth quarter, down the stretch, he was able to get his shots, create his own three, create his own midrange shot, create for others.

“I knew he was really good, but every day I play with him, I realize how good a person he is, good a teammate he is, and how much better he is than what I thought.”

Jerami Grant led Detroit with 22 points and Svi Mykhailiuk added 18.

“As a young team, we just made enough mistakes at the right time to put yourself in a hole,” Detroit coach Dwane Casey said.

Detroit shot a solid 40% from 3-point range, but the Pistons were just 22 of 57 (39.1%) inside the arc.

“We shot way too many midrange shots tonight,” Casey said. “That’s what that team wants you to do.”

Milwaukee beat Detroit 125-115 on Jan. 4 and 130-115 two days later.

‘Amazing move’

Antetokounmpo said after the game he wasn't on social media, so a reporter had to relay the NBA's big news of the day — a pending trade sending James Harden to Brooklyn.

"It's an amazing move for Brooklyn," Antetokounmpo said. "Obviously, they got better — way better."

Tip-ins

Milwaukee has won three straight and six of seven. ... The Bucks finished 19 of 43 from 3-point range. ... Lopez didn't score after those early 3s. He had nine points and 11 rebounds. ... Milwaukee next hosts the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.


Milwaukee 27 31 31 21 — 110

Detroit 13 34 28 26 — 101

MILWAUKEE — G.Antetokounmpo 7-15 6-10 22, Middleton 5-12 1-1 12, Lopez 3-8 0-0 9, DiVincenzo 3-9 0-0 7, Holiday 8-13 2-3 21, Portis 5-9 0-0 11, T.Antetokounmpo 0-0 0-0 0, Augustin 2-4 0-0 6, Connaughton 3-7 0-0 9, Forbes 5-8 0-0 13. Totals 41-85 9-14 110.

DETROIT — Grant 7-19 5-6 22, Griffin 4-9 1-2 12, Plumlee 3-11 1-2 7, Ellington 2-6 0-0 5, Wright 1-10 0-0 3, Bey 3-8 2-3 10, J.Jackson 4-8 1-2 11, Mykhailiuk 6-9 4-5 18, Okafor 0-0 0-0 0, Stewart 4-7 1-2 9, F.Jackson 0-1 0-0 0, Lee 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 36-92 15-22 101.

3-point goals — M 19-43 (Forbes 3-4, Connaughton 3-5, Holiday 3-5, Lopez 3-7, Augustin 2-3, G.Antetokounmpo 2-5, Portis 1-4, DiVincenzo 1-5, Middleton 1-5), D 14-35 (Grant 3-6, Griffin 3-6, J.Jackson 2-3, Mykhailiuk 2-4, Bey 2-6, Wright 1-3, Ellington 1-4). Rebounds M 48 (Lopez 11), D 47 (Plumlee 13). Assists — M 31 (G.Antetokounmpo 10), D 25 (Wright 7). Total fouls Milwaukee 20, Detroit 19.

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