Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts after creation a shot during a second half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff array opposite a Detroit Pistons Sunday, Apr 14, 2019, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 121-86 (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
Giannis Antetokounmpo ran and dunked all over a Pistons until they usually shoved him to a ground.
The group with a NBA’s best record wanted to uncover it can make a prolonged playoff run, and a Detroit Pistons were infirm to delayed them down.
“I don’t know if they were prepared for us,” Antetokounmpo said. “But we usually try to concentration on ourselves. We usually try to play with pace, run to a spots and try to make plays.”
Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 17 rebounds in usually 24 minutes, and a Milwaukee Bucks rolled to a 121-86 feat on Sunday night in a opener of their first-round playoff series.
Seven players scored in double total for a Bucks, who led by as many as 43 points. Their 35-point domain was a third-largest in a franchise’s playoff history.
The Pistons usually unequivocally held adult to Antetokounmpo when core Andre Drummond shoved him to a belligerent with both hands late in a third quarter, after a MVP claimant grabbed an descent miscarry with Detroit trailing by 41 points.
Drummond was given a extreme 2 tainted and ejected. He blew a lick to a Fiserv Forum throng as he was escorted off a court.
“As a group we talked about it, to try to keep a restraint whenever a hostile group tries to tainted us tough or tries to strike us or play dirty,” Antetokounmpo said. “Obviously, I’m not going to demeanour to a referees for protection. I’ve usually got to play intelligent and try to equivocate a situations.”
Antetokounmpo was usually 5 of 12 on giveaway throws and 1 of 5 from 3-point range, though was 9 for 17 from a field.
Eric Bledsoe had 15 points, and Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton any combined 14 for a Bucks. George Hill scored 16 points off a bench.
“We were all over a map defensively and didn’t get anything done,” manager Dwane Casey pronounced of a Pistons, who authorised 70 first-half points and trailed by 27 during intermission. “We have another turn we have to get to with a power and physicality, given they’re entrance by there with balance, Euro-stepping, throwing elbows and things like this.
“We have to get a turn of competitiveness adult to start a game, given we can’t mark a good group like this that many points and design to get behind into it.”
Luke Kennard paced a Pistons with 21 points off a dais and Drummond had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Reggie Jackson also had 12 points. Detroit played though brazen Blake Griffin, who sat out with a left knee injury.
Detroit shot 38% from a margin and went 8 of 27 from 3-point stretch (29.6.
“I consider it was top-notch today,” Bledsoe pronounced of a Bucks’ defensive performance. “Brook was safeguarding a paint all night. We were removing steals, personification a diversion and removing out in transition. We started early so that helped us out.”
The Bucks sank 15 3-pointers, usually one bashful of restraining a playoff high, and gathered 31 assists on 44 done margin goals.
Drummond got a defensive assignment on Antetokounmpo after Thon Maker got in early tainted difficulty perplexing to stop him.
“I have watched that child given he got drafted so we know his diversion like a behind of my hand,” Drummond said. “He is usually going to put his conduct down and keep pushing in there. (The plan) is to make him take tough shots, take charges when he does try to bulldog his approach in, force him to take 3-point shots, and if we do tainted him, tainted him as tough as possible.”
GRIFFIN GETS A TECH
Griffin was released a technical tainted for protesting Drummond’s ejection. Casey pronounced he accepted what a referees were doing to keep control of a diversion though suspicion a extreme 1 tainted would have been some-more appropriate.
“I consider it was a extreme though we don’t consider Andre deserved to be out a rest of a game,” Griffin said. “At slightest that is my opinion in genuine time.”
Casey pronounced he suspicion Griffin did not merit a technical.
“What we didn’t know was an central entrance over and carrying a review with a actor that’s not even personification and giving him a technical,” Casey said. “It’s a prohibited situation. Walk to a other side of a building instead of carrying a conversation.”
Griffin pronounced it was frustrating carrying to watch Game 1 from a sideline.
“I never like to feel like I’m withdrawal my guys out there,” Griffin said. “But we have to do what a organization, a training staff, a doctors consider is best, and that is a bottom line.”
Detroit: Maker faced his former group and started in Griffin’s place. He avoided a extreme tainted when he brought Antetokounmpo to a building in a second quarter. The referees reviewed a play though stayed with their strange call of a common foul. Maker had 4 points and 4 rebounds in 22 mins and was booed heavily by a home crowd. “Thon is my small brother,” Antetokounmpo said. “I’ve famous him given he came to a league. We’ve been friends. But we know he’s a competitor. we know he’s going to come out here and do whatever he can to assistance his group win. . Detroit entered with a 14-3 playoff record opposite Milwaukee, winning all 4 series.
Milwaukee: F Nikola Mirotic played 15 mins while scoring 4 points on 2-of-8 shooting. “He’s usually removing behind in conditioning and health and all like that,” Bucks manager Mike Budenholzer said. Mirotic had missed a final 11 regular-season games after fracturing his left ride on Mar 19 opposite a Los Angeles Lakers. … The Bucks’ 70 points were a second-most in a initial half in authorization playoff history. They scored 77 opposite Philadelphia in a Eastern Division semifinals in Mar 1970.
Game 2 is Wednesday night in Milwaukee.