DETROIT – Giannis Antetokounmpo had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Milwaukee Bucks easily beat the Detroit Pistons for the third time this month, 110-101 on Wednesday night.
The Bucks built an impressive early lead with a barrage of 3-pointers. Brook Lopez made three contacts from outside the arc in the first quarter, when the Bucks were 7 of 11 from long range. Detroit was only 4 out of 20 overall in the period, trailing 27-13 after one.
That pattern continued for much of the second quarter. At one point, Milwaukee was leading 52-29 and had more three-pointers (11) than Detroit field goals (9).
The Pistons narrowed the deficit to 11 at half-time, but never seemed like a serious threat to overtake Milwaukee. Jerami Grant led Detroit with 22 points and Svi Mykhailiuk added 18.
It was the 20th triple-double in his career for Antetokounmpo. Jrue Holiday added 21 points for the Bucks.
Milwaukee defeated Detroit 125-115 on January 4 and 130-115 two days later.
Bucks: Milwaukee has won three consecutive and six of seven. … The Bucks finished 19 out of 43 from a 3-point range. … Lopez didn't score after those early threes. He had nine points and eleven rebounds.
Pistons: Detroit dropped to 2-9, but defeat margins have remained fairly respectable. That 15-point loss against Milwaukee was the most skewed course of the season for the Pistons. … Detroit had a 20-7 lead in second chance points.
Bucks: Host the Dallas Mavericks on Friday nights.
Pistons: Detroit & # 39; s Friday night game against Washington was called off due to problems tracking contacts with the Wizards. The Pistons play in Miami on Saturday night.