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Bucks roll past Pistons 121-86 in series opener

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo ran and dunked all over the Pistons until they just shoved him to the ground.

The team with the NBA's best record wanted to show it can make a long playoff run, and the Detroit Pistons were helpless to slow them down.

''I don't know if they were ready for us,'' Antetokounmpo said. ''But we just try to focus on ourselves. We just try to play with pace, run to our spots and try to make plays.''

Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 17 rebounds in just 24 minutes, and the Milwaukee Bucks rolled to a 121-86 victory on Sunday night in the opener of their first-round playoff series.

Seven players scored in double figures for the Bucks, who led by as many as 43 points. Their 35-point margin was the third-largest in the franchise's playoff history.

The Pistons only really caught up to Antetokounmpo when center Andre Drummond shoved him to the ground with both hands late in the third quarter, after the MVP candidate grabbed an offensive rebound with Detroit trailing by 41 points.

Drummond was given a flagrant 2 foul and ejected. He blew a kiss to the Fiserv Forum crowd as he was escorted off the court.

''As a team we talked about it, to try to keep our composure whenever the opposing team tries to foul us hard or tries to hit us or play dirty,'' Antetokounmpo said. ''Obviously, I'm not going to look to the referees for protection. I've just got to play smart and try to avoid the situations.''

Antetokounmpo was only 5 of 12 on free throws and 1 of 5 from 3-point range, but was 9 for 17 from the field.

Eric Bledsoe had 15 points, and Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton each added 14 for the Bucks. George Hill scored 16 points off the bench.

''We were all over the map defensively and didn't get anything done,'' coach Dwane Casey said of the Pistons, who allowed 70 first-half points and trailed by 27 at intermission. ''We have another level we have to get to with our intensity and physicality, because they're coming through there with balance, Euro-stepping, throwing elbows and stuff like this.

''We have to get our level of competitiveness up to start the game, because you can't spot a great team like this that many points and expect to get back into it.''

Luke Kennard paced the Pistons with 21 points off the bench and Drummond had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Reggie Jackson also had 12 points. Detroit played without forward Blake Griffin, who sat out with a left knee injury.

Detroit shot 38% from the field and went 8 of 27 from 3-point distance (29.6%).

''I think it was top-notch today,'' Bledsoe said of the Bucks' defensive performance. ''Brook was protecting the paint all night. We were getting steals, playing our game and getting out in transition. We started early so that helped us out.''

The Bucks sank 15 3-pointers, just one shy of tying a playoff high, and compiled 31 assists on 44 made field goals.

Drummond got the defensive assignment on Antetokounmpo after Thon Maker got in early foul trouble trying to stop him.

''I have watched that kid since he got drafted so I know his game like the back of my hand,'' Drummond said. ''He is just going to put his head down and keep driving in there. (The plan) is to make him take tough shots, take charges when he does try to bulldog his way in, force him to take 3-point shots, and if we do foul him, foul him as hard as possible.''

GRIFFIN GETS A TECH

Griffin was issued a technical foul for protesting Drummond's ejection. Casey said he understood what the referees were doing to keep control of the game but thought a flagrant 1 foul would have been more appropriate.

''I think it was a flagrant but I don't think Andre deserved to be out the rest of the game,'' Griffin said. ''At least that is my opinion in real time.''

Casey said he thought Griffin did not deserve a technical.

''What I didn't understand was an official coming over and having a conversation with a player that's not even playing and giving him a technical,'' Casey said. ''It's a hot situation. Walk to the other side of the floor instead of having a conversation.''

Griffin said it was frustrating having to watch Game 1 from the sideline.

''I never like to feel like I'm leaving my guys out there,'' Griffin said. ''But I have to do what our organization, our training staff, our doctors think is best, and that is the bottom line.''

TIP-INS

Detroit: Maker faced his former team and started in Griffin's place. He avoided a flagrant foul when he brought Antetokounmpo to the floor in the second quarter. The referees reviewed the play but stayed with their original call of a common foul. Maker had four points and four rebounds in 22 minutes and was booed heavily by the home crowd. ''Thon is my little brother,'' Antetokounmpo said. ''I've known him since he came to the league. We've been friends. But I know he's a competitor. I know he's going to come out here and do whatever he can to help his team win. . Detroit entered with a 14-3 playoff record against Milwaukee, winning all four series.

Milwaukee: F Nikola Mirotic played 15 minutes while scoring four points on 2-of-8 shooting. ''He's just getting back in conditioning and health and everything like that,'' Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. Mirotic had missed the last 11 regular-season games after fracturing his left thumb on March 19 against the Los Angeles Lakers. ... The Bucks' 70 points were the second-most in a first half in franchise playoff history. They scored 77 against Philadelphia in the Eastern Division semifinals in March 1970.

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Game 2 is Wednesday night in Milwaukee.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:43 +2 Brook Lopez made alley-oop shot, assist by Khris Middleton 0-2
11:20   Reggie Jackson missed floating jump shot  
11:17   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
11:16   Shooting foul on Thon Maker  
11:16   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:16   MIL team rebound  
11:16   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
11:12   Offensive rebound by Eric Bledsoe  
10:59 +2 Andre Drummond made layup, assist by Reggie Jackson 2-2
10:46 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made finger-roll layup 2-4
10:46   Shooting foul on Thon Maker  
10:46 +1 Giannis Antetokounmpo made free throw 2-5
10:38   Traveling violation turnover on Wayne Ellington  
10:23 +3 Brook Lopez made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Eric Bledsoe 2-8
10:09   Wayne Ellington missed floating jump shot, blocked by Sterling Brown  
10:07   DET team rebound  
10:01   Reggie Jackson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:01   Reggie Jackson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:59   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
9:55 +1 Giannis Antetokounmpo made free throw 2-11
9:55   Shooting foul on Bruce Brown  
9:55 +1 Giannis Antetokounmpo made free throw 2-11
9:38   DET team rebound  
9:34 +2 Andre Drummond made hook shot, assist by Reggie Jackson 4-11
9:34 +2 Andre Drummond made hook shot, assist by Reggie Jackson 4-11
9:00   Brook Lopez missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:10   Lost ball turnover on Bruce Brown, stolen by Sterling Brown  
9:00   DET team rebound  
8:32   Offensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
8:15   Reggie Jackson missed layup  
8:31 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made hook shot 4-15
8:15   Shooting foul on Brook Lopez  
8:15   Andre Drummond missed 1st of 2 free throws  
8:15   Andre Drummond missed 1st of 2 free throws  
8:01 +3 Sterling Brown made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Eric Bledsoe 4-18
7:45   Andre Drummond missed driving layup, blocked by Brook Lopez  
7:40   Defensive rebound by Brook Lopez  
7:45   Andre Drummond missed layup, blocked by Brook Lopez  
7:28   Personal foul on Eric Bledsoe  
7:38 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made dunk, assist by Eric Bledsoe 4-20
7:16   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
7:02 +2 Wayne Ellington made jump shot, assist by Andre Drummond 6-20
6:44 +2 Pat Connaughton made dunk, assist by Khris Middleton 6-22
7:02 +2 Wayne Ellington made jump shot, assist by Andre Drummond 6-20
6:44 +2 Pat Connaughton made reverse layup, assist by Khris Middleton 6-22
6:36   Shooting foul on Eric Bledsoe  
6:36 +1 Andre Drummond made 1st of 2 free throws 7-22
6:36 +1 Andre Drummond made 2nd of 2 free throws 8-22
6:24 +2 Pat Connaughton made driving layup, assist by Khris Middleton 8-24
6:24   Shooting foul on Glenn Robinson III  
6:24 +1 Pat Connaughton made free throw 8-25
6:09   Langston Galloway missed floating jump shot  
6:08   Offensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
6:06   Andre Drummond missed dunk  
6:06   Defensive rebound by Pat Connaughton  
5:55   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:52   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
5:48 +2 Reggie Jackson made driving layup 10-25
5:20   Glenn Robinson III missed driving layup  
5:18   Defensive rebound by Khris Middleton  
4:59   Offensive foul on Andre Drummond  
4:59   Turnover on Andre Drummond  
4:42   Khris Middleton missed turnaround jump shot  
4:41   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
4:41   Personal foul on Ersan Ilyasova  
4:24 +2 Reggie Jackson made floating jump shot 12-25
4:14 +3 Brook Lopez made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ersan Ilyasova 12-28
4:00   Langston Galloway missed floating jump shot  
3:45   Defensive rebound by Wayne Ellington  
3:29   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
3:17   Bad pass turnover on Pat Connaughton, stolen by Andre Drummond  
3:12   Andre Drummond missed layup  
3:08 +2 Glenn Robinson III made dunk 14-28
2:58 +2 Brook Lopez made dunk, assist by Sterling Brown 14-30
2:36   Langston Galloway missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:33   Defensive rebound by George Hill  
2:20   Defensive rebound by Langston Galloway  
2:07 +2 Ish Smith made fade-away jump shot 16-30
1:37   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
1:18 +2 George Hill made jump shot 16-32
0:58   Luke Kennard missed jump shot  
0:55   Defensive rebound by Sterling Brown  
0:47   Personal foul on Langston Galloway  
0:47 +1 Sterling Brown made 1st of 2 free throws 16-33
0:26   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 1st of 2 free throws  
0:26   MIL team rebound  
0:26 +1 Giannis Antetokounmpo made 2nd of 2 free throws 18-35
0:02 +3 Pat Connaughton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by George Hill 18-38
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:48 +2 Zaza Pachulia made floating jump shot, assist by Luke Kennard 20-38
11:37   Nikola Mirotic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:22 +2 George Hill made finger-roll layup, assist by Sterling Brown 20-40
11:03 +3 Luke Kennard made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Langston Galloway 23-40
10:52   Personal foul on Zaza Pachulia  
10:39 +3 George Hill made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Giannis Antetokounmpo 23-43
10:15   Bad pass turnover on Langston Galloway, stolen by Eric Bledsoe  
10:10 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made dunk, assist by Sterling Brown 23-45
9:52   DET team rebound  
9:52   DET team rebound  
9:26   Defensive rebound by Thon Maker  
9:21 +2 Thon Maker made dunk, assist by Ish Smith 25-45
9:09 +2 Eric Bledsoe made driving layup, assist by Sterling Brown 25-47
8:58   Thon Maker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:18   Defensive rebound by Langston Galloway  
8:10   Thon Maker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:10   Defensive rebound by Sterling Brown  
7:56   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:56   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
7:43   Thon Maker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:36   Shooting foul on Thon Maker  
7:36 +1 Giannis Antetokounmpo made 1st of 2 free throws 28-48
7:36   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
7:21   Luke Kennard missed hook shot  
7:13   Ersan Ilyasova missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:03 +2 Luke Kennard made jump shot 30-48
6:47   Defensive rebound by Luke Kennard  
6:41   Zaza Pachulia missed jump shot  
6:39   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
6:23   DET team rebound  
6:09   Defensive rebound by Pat Connaughton  
6:03 +1 Eric Bledsoe made 1st of 2 free throws 30-49
6:03   Eric Bledsoe missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
5:58   Lost ball turnover on Ersan Ilyasova, stolen by Reggie Jackson  
5:50   Wayne Ellington missed dunk, blocked by Brook Lopez  
5:30   Personal foul on Glenn Robinson III  
5:30 +1 Brook Lopez made 1st of 2 free throws 33-50
5:30 +1 Brook Lopez made 2nd of 2 free throws 33-51
5:20   Andre Drummond missed layup  
5:19   Defensive rebound by Brook Lopez  
5:05   George Hill missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:02   Defensive rebound by Wayne Ellington  
4:57   Wayne Ellington missed jump shot, blocked by Pat Connaughton  
4:53   Defensive rebound by Pat Connaughton  
4:50 +1 George Hill made 1st of 2 free throws 33-52
4:50 +1 George Hill made 2nd of 2 free throws 33-53
4:38   Luke Kennard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:34   Defensive rebound by Khris Middleton  
4:21 +2 George Hill made layup, assist by Khris Middleton 33-55
4:06 +2 Reggie Jackson made floating jump shot 35-55
3:57   Shooting foul on Reggie Jackson  
3:57 +1 Brook Lopez made 1st of 2 free throws 35-56
3:57 +1 Brook Lopez made 2nd of 2 free throws 35-57
3:36   Glenn Robinson III missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:32   Defensive rebound by George Hill  
3:29 +3 Khris Middleton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by George Hill 35-60
3:23   Full timeout called  
2:53 +3 Khris Middleton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Eric Bledsoe 37-63
2:33 +2 Reggie Jackson made floating jump shot 39-62
2:09 +2 George Hill made floating jump shot, assist by Brook Lopez 39-64
1:58   Reggie Jackson missed floating jump shot  
1:55   Defensive rebound by Khris Middleton  
1:49   Khris Middleton missed floating jump shot  
1:44   Offensive rebound by George Hill  
1:44   George Hill missed dunk  
1:43   Defensive rebound by Langston Galloway  
1:40 +2 Luke Kennard made jump shot 41-64
1:18 +2 Eric Bledsoe made floating jump shot 41-66
1:02   Shooting foul on Brook Lopez  
1:02 +1 Andre Drummond made 1st of 2 free throws 42-67
1:02 +1 Andre Drummond made 2nd of 2 free throws 43-67
0:43   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed hook shot  
0:41   MIL team rebound  
0:27   Wayne Ellington missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:24   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
0:08 +3 Eric Bledsoe made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Giannis Antetokounmpo 43-69
0:00   Reggie Jackson missed jump shot  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:43   Andre Drummond missed layup  
11:40   Defensive rebound by Brook Lopez  
11:16   Personal foul on Reggie Jackson  
11:05   Khris Middleton missed floating jump shot  
11:03   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
10:49   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
10:45   Offensive foul on Giannis Antetokounmpo  
10:31 +2 Reggie Jackson made floating jump shot 45-73
10:12 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made dunk, assist by Eric Bledsoe 45-75
9:44   Defensive rebound by Khris Middleton  
9:37   Eric Bledsoe missed jump shot  
9:27   Defensive rebound by Thon Maker  
9:21 +2 Andre Drummond made hook shot, assist by Reggie Jackson 47-75
9:09 +3 Khris Middleton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Brook Lopez 47-78
9:01   Personal foul  
8:57   Reggie Jackson missed floating jump shot  
8:54   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
8:47   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed finger-roll layup  
8:45   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
8:34 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made jump shot 47-80
8:16   Bruce Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:13   Defensive rebound by Eric Bledsoe  
7:50 +3 Wayne Ellington made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Reggie Jackson 50-83
7:30   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:28   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
7:09 +2 Bruce Brown made layup 52-83
6:37 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made dunk 52-88
6:19 +2 Andre Drummond made hook shot, assist by Reggie Jackson 54-88
6:19 +2 Andre Drummond made hook shot, assist by Reggie Jackson 54-88
6:03 +2 Eric Bledsoe made reverse layup, assist by Sterling Brown 54-90
5:38   Reggie Jackson missed jump shot  
5:32   Eric Bledsoe missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:09   Bad pass turnover on Andre Drummond, stolen by Sterling Brown  
5:03 +1 Eric Bledsoe made 1st of 2 free throws 54-91
4:46   Luke Kennard missed hook shot  
4:19   Turnover on Andre Drummond  
4:09   D.J. Wilson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:07   Flagrant foul on Andre Drummond  
4:07   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
4:07   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
4:07 +1 George Hill made free throw 54-96
4:07   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:07   MIL team rebound  
3:46   Lost ball turnover on D.J. Wilson, stolen by Glenn Robinson III  
3:07   Defensive rebound by Wayne Ellington  
3:10   Defensive rebound by Wayne Ellington  
2:59 +2 Ish Smith made jump shot 58-97
2:29   Thon Maker missed turnaround jump shot, blocked by Brook Lopez  
2:28   Offensive rebound by Langston Galloway  
2:19   Ish Smith missed jump shot  
1:58   Khris Middleton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:58   Khris Middleton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:52   MIL team rebound  
1:52   Glenn Robinson III missed driving layup, blocked by Ersan Ilyasova  
1:52   MIL team rebound  
1:39   George Hill missed driving layup, blocked by Thon Maker  
1:39   George Hill missed driving layup, blocked by Thon Maker  
1:06   Ersan Ilyasova missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:27 +3 Langston Galloway made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Glenn Robinson III 61-97
1:06   Ersan Ilyasova missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:03   Defensive rebound by Langston Galloway  
1:00   Out of bounds turnover on Glenn Robinson III  
0:45   Traveling violation turnover on D.J. Wilson  
0:30   Ish Smith missed jump shot  
0:26   Offensive rebound by Thon Maker  
0:23   Langston Galloway missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:21   Defensive rebound by Pat Connaughton  
0:02   Eric Bledsoe missed jump shot  

4th Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:45 +2 D.J. Wilson made floating jump shot, assist by Sterling Brown 61-99
11:33   jump shot  
11:20 +2 George Hill made floating jump shot, assist by Nikola Mirotic 61-101
10:46   Nikola Mirotic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:34   Personal foul on Sterling Brown  
10:30   Offensive foul on Zaza Pachulia  
10:30   Turnover on Zaza Pachulia  
10:15   jump shot  
10:08   Personal foul on Tim Frazier  
9:55   Defensive rebound by Tim Frazier  
9:42 +3 Sterling Brown made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tim Frazier 64-104
9:31   Personal foul on D.J. Wilson  
9:31   Luke Kennard missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:20   Pat Connaughton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:14   Lost ball turnover on Ish Smith, stolen by Tim Frazier  
9:10   Tim Frazier missed layup, blocked by Ish Smith  
8:53   Out of bounds turnover on Luke Kennard  
8:24   Personal foul on Pat Connaughton  
7:59   Defensive rebound by Khyri Thomas  
7:42