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Antetokounpo leads Bucks past Pistons for 2-0 series lead

MILWAUKEE (AP) Saddled with early foul trouble and faced with an aggressive defensive scheme that kept him in check for the first two quarters, Giannis Antetokounmpo set the tone immediately in the second half.

Antetokounmpo scored 13 of his 26 points in Milwaukee's big third quarter and the Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons 120-99 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.

After scoring 10 points and playing only 14 minutes in the first half, Antetokounmpo scored Milwaukee's first seven points in the third quarter.

''It is about will,'' Antetokounmpo said. ''I knew they were going to put guys in the paint, crowd me. I just tried to have patience.''

As the Bucks took the court after halftime, Eric Bledsoe had some words of advice for the team's leader.

''Eric told me, `Be aggressive, it is going to come.' That is what I tried to do,'' Antetokounmpo said.

The Bucks outscored Detroit 35-17 in the period to take a 93-76 lead into the fourth.

''I don't think he felt great about how he played in the first half,'' Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said about Antetokounmpo. ''When he feels that way, he's going to do something to change it.''

Bledsoe led the Bucks with 27 points, and Khris Middleton had 24. Milwaukee is trying to win a series for the first time since 2001.

''We knew they was going to come out with fight,'' Bledsoe said. ''We just had to match their intensity.''

Luke Kennard had 19 points for Detroit. Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond each added 18, and Drummond had 16 rebounds. Detroit star Blake Griffin sat out again with a left knee injury, but received a technical for the second straight game for arguing from the bench.

''For the most part, we came out and competed and we definitely made them feel us,'' Jackson said.

Game 3 is Saturday night in Detroit.

Detroit clawed within seven in the fourth before the Bucks put it away, capped by a hard drive by Antetokounmpo on a break. He banked in an awkward reverse-angle shot while crashing to the floor after being fouled by Drummond. He completed the three-point play to make it 105-87.

After falling behind early, Detroit battled back in the second quarter, finally taking a 57-56 lead on Jackson's jumper with 28 seconds left. Bledsoe briefly put the Bucks back in front, but Jackson closed the half with a layup to give Detroit a 59-58 lead.

''I thought we set the tone in the second quarter,'' Detroit coach Dwane Casey said. ''Our challenge has been extending hard play, not getting bored with fundamentals, not getting bored kicking the ball out, doing those things offensively.''

TIP-INS

Pistons: Griffin took part in light drills at the morning's shootaround while wearing a heavy brace on his leg. ... Thon Maker, acquired from Milwaukee near the trading deadline, started in Griffin's place for the second straight game. ... Detroit committed two turnovers in the first half.

Bucks: G Tony Snell, who continues to deal with a left ankle sprain, was inactive. Snell has been sidelined since rolling his ankle March 24 against Cleveland. Sterling Brown started at shooting guard in place of Snell. ... Pau Gasol (left foot soreness) and Malcolm Brogdon (right foot plantar fascia) also remained out. ... F Nikola Mirotic, who played 15 minutes and scored four points Sunday, had two points in 11 minutes in Game 2. Mirotic missed the last 11 games of the regular season after fracturing his left thumb March 19.

LONG DISTANCE

Antetokounmpo made a 3-pointer as part of his personal 7-0 run to start the third quarter.

''I have been working on it a lot,'' he said. ''It is a part of my game now. That one went in and we were able to make a run. I know they are going to give me those shots the whole game. I've just got to be able to be mentally prepared and get to my rhythm and take those shots.''

Detroit's plan was to keep Antetokounmpo out of the paint and force him to shoot from deep. ''That's the shot right now in his career, you want him to shoot those threes. But the day is going to come when Antetokounmpo is going to make that shot consistently and we are all going to be in trouble.''

KENNARD GETS START

After Luke Kennard scored 21 points off the bench in Game 1, Casey inserted into the starting lineup.

''Starting or coming off the bench, either way is fine with me,'' Kennard said. ''We wanted to create a little bit more space on offense. I thought we did that and got some good looks.''

PACKERS SHOW SUPPORT

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and girlfriend Danica Patrick attended the game. Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari, sporting a Bucks cap, guzzled can of Spotted Cow beer while being shown on the scoreboard.

BREWERS CHEERING SECTION

Several members of the Milwaukee Brewers also cheered on the Bucks, including reigning National League MVP Christian Yelich, pitchers Jhoulys Chacin and Jeremy Jeffress, manager Craig Counsell and president of baseball operations and general manager David Stearns.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:42 +3 Luke Kennard made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Reggie Jackson 3-0
11:27 +2 Brook Lopez made turnaround jump shot, assist by Khris Middleton 3-2
11:07   Shooting foul on Eric Bledsoe  
11:07 +1 Reggie Jackson made 1st of 2 free throws 4-2
11:07   Reggie Jackson missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
11:03   Offensive rebound by Thon Maker  
10:56   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
10:47   Brook Lopez missed jump shot  
10:44   Defensive rebound by Reggie Jackson  
10:36 +2 Reggie Jackson made floating jump shot 6-2
10:13 +3 Eric Bledsoe made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Khris Middleton 6-5
10:00   Reggie Jackson missed reverse layup  
9:56   Offensive rebound by Reggie Jackson  
9:55   Thon Maker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:52   Defensive rebound by Khris Middleton  
9:45   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
9:35 +2 Andre Drummond made dunk, assist by Wayne Ellington 8-5
9:26   Personal foul on Reggie Jackson  
9:16 +3 Eric Bledsoe made 3-pt. jump shot 8-8
9:04   Personal foul on Sterling Brown  
8:52 +2 Thon Maker made hook shot, assist by Reggie Jackson 10-8
8:44 +2 Khris Middleton made driving layup, assist by Eric Bledsoe 10-10
8:28   Wayne Ellington missed floating jump shot  
8:25   Defensive rebound by Brook Lopez  
8:24   Violation  
8:24 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made layup, assist by Khris Middleton 10-12
8:24   Shooting foul on Andre Drummond  
8:24   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed free throw  
8:00 +3 Reggie Jackson made 3-pt. jump shot 13-12
7:53 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made layup, assist by Eric Bledsoe 13-14
7:53   Shooting foul on Thon Maker  
7:53 +1 Giannis Antetokounmpo made free throw 13-15
7:34   Luke Kennard missed driving layup, blocked by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
7:31   Defensive rebound by Brook Lopez  
7:03   Personal foul on Khris Middleton  
6:52   Defensive rebound by Khris Middleton  
6:49   Shooting foul on Wayne Ellington  
6:49 +1 Khris Middleton made 1st of 2 free throws 13-19
6:49 +1 Khris Middleton made 2nd of 2 free throws 13-20
6:27   Reggie Jackson missed floating jump shot  
6:25   Andre Drummond missed dunk  
6:24   Offensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
6:14 +2 Reggie Jackson made jump shot 15-20
6:05   Personal foul on Reggie Jackson  
6:05 +1 Eric Bledsoe made 1st of 2 free throws 15-21
6:05 +1 Eric Bledsoe made 2nd of 2 free throws 15-22
5:49 +3 Luke Kennard made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Andre Drummond 18-22
5:33 +2 George Hill made jump shot, assist by Giannis Antetokounmpo 18-24
5:26   Personal foul on Giannis Antetokounmpo  
5:18 +2 Andre Drummond made alley-oop shot, assist by Ish Smith 20-24
5:00 +2 Pat Connaughton made driving layup, assist by George Hill 20-26
4:44   Luke Kennard missed jump shot  
4:35 +3 Brook Lopez made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Pat Connaughton 20-29
4:26   Glenn Robinson III missed reverse layup  
4:23   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
4:13   Offensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
4:11 +2 Khris Middleton made layup, assist by Ersan Ilyasova 20-31
3:49   Ish Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:44   Defensive rebound by Sterling Brown  
3:35   Defensive rebound by Ish Smith  
3:33 +3 Langston Galloway made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ish Smith 23-31
3:18   Sterling Brown missed layup  
3:08   Offensive rebound by Ish Smith  
3:05   Ish Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:05   Defensive rebound by Pat Connaughton  
2:49   George Hill missed jump shot  
2:41   Ish Smith missed reverse layup  
2:38   Defensive rebound by Brook Lopez  
2:37   Shooting foul on Glenn Robinson III  
2:37   Sterling Brown missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:34   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
2:18   Offensive rebound by Wayne Ellington  
2:04   Out of bounds turnover on Sterling Brown  
1:50 +3 Glenn Robinson III made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ish Smith 26-31
1:40   Personal foul on Glenn Robinson III  
1:40 +1 Brook Lopez made 1st of 2 free throws 26-32
1:36   Defensive rebound by Glenn Robinson III  
1:12   Offensive rebound by Glenn Robinson III  
1:08   Defensive rebound by Pat Connaughton  
1:00 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made jump shot, assist by Eric Bledsoe 26-34
0:40   Andre Drummond missed floating jump shot  
0:37   Defensive rebound by Pat Connaughton  
0:32 +2 Eric Bledsoe made driving layup 26-36
0:16   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
0:13 +2 Eric Bledsoe made layup, assist by Giannis Antetokounmpo 26-38
0:01   Shooting foul on Brook Lopez  
0:01   Andre Drummond missed 1st of 2 free throws  
0:01   DET team rebound  
0:01 +1 Andre Drummond made 2nd of 2 free throws 27-38
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:43   Out of bounds turnover on Giannis Antetokounmpo  
11:30   Shooting foul on Nikola Mirotic  
11:30 +1 Thon Maker made 1st of 2 free throws 28-38
11:30 +1 Thon Maker made 2nd of 2 free throws 29-38
11:21   Shooting foul on Ish Smith  
11:21   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:21   MIL team rebound  
11:21 +1 Giannis Antetokounmpo made 2nd of 2 free throws 29-39
11:04   Bruce Brown missed driving layup  
11:02   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
10:59   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed driving layup  
10:59   DET team rebound  
10:59   Personal foul on Eric Bledsoe  
10:43 +2 Ish Smith made jump shot 31-39
10:30   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed jump shot  
10:26   Defensive rebound by Luke Kennard  
10:18   Ish Smith missed driving layup  
10:17   Thon Maker missed dunk, blocked by Eric Bledsoe  
10:17   DET team rebound  
10:12 +3 Wayne Ellington made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Thon Maker 34-39
9:53   Eric Bledsoe missed jump shot  
9:50   Defensive rebound by Ish Smith  
9:40 +2 Ish Smith made driving layup 36-39
9:26   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed hook shot, blocked by Thon Maker  
9:25   MIL team rebound  
9:21 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made dunk, assist by Pat Connaughton 36-41
9:05   Wayne Ellington missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Pat Connaughton  
9:02   Offensive foul on Giannis Antetokounmpo  
9:02   Turnover on Giannis Antetokounmpo  
8:48   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
8:42   Bad pass turnover on Eric Bledsoe, stolen by Wayne Ellington  
8:42   Personal foul on Giannis Antetokounmpo  
8:24   Bruce Brown missed driving layup  
8:14   Defensive rebound by Luke Kennard  
7:53   Bad pass turnover on Giannis Antetokounmpo, stolen by Bruce Brown  
7:49 +2 Bruce Brown made layup 40-41
7:31   Eric Bledsoe missed floating jump shot  
7:29   Defensive rebound by Bruce Brown  
7:11   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
7:05   Khris Middleton missed driving layup  
7:03   Offensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
7:02   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed layup, blocked by Thon Maker  
6:58   Offensive rebound by Eric Bledsoe  
6:54   Nikola Mirotic missed layup  
6:53   Offensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
6:35   Offensive foul on Khris Middleton  
6:35   Turnover on Khris Middleton  
6:20   Luke Kennard missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Pat Connaughton  
6:16   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
6:14 +2 Pat Connaughton made dunk, assist by Ersan Ilyasova 40-45
6:00   Andre Drummond missed hook shot  
5:57   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
5:48   Lost ball turnover on Brook Lopez, stolen by Bruce Brown  
5:43 +3 Luke Kennard made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bruce Brown 43-45
5:21   Pat Connaughton missed layup, blocked by Bruce Brown  
5:16   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
5:01   Offensive foul on Andre Drummond  
5:01   Turnover on Andre Drummond  
5:01   Violation  
4:45 +2 Khris Middleton made driving layup 43-47
4:45   Shooting foul on Langston Galloway  
4:45 +1 Khris Middleton made free throw 43-48
4:33   Andre Drummond missed driving layup, blocked by George Hill  
4:33   DET team rebound  
4:25 +2 Andre Drummond made layup, assist by Wayne Ellington 45-48
4:07   Offensive rebound by Khris Middleton  
4:06   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
4:04   Reggie Jackson missed layup, blocked by Ersan Ilyasova  
4:00   Defensive rebound by Pat Connaughton  
3:58   Khris Middleton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:55   Defensive rebound by Langston Galloway  
3:43 +2 Andre Drummond made alley-oop shot, assist by Reggie Jackson 47-48
3:29 +3 Ersan Ilyasova made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by George Hill 47-51
3:09   Bad pass turnover on Andre Drummond, stolen by Brook Lopez  
3:06   George Hill missed layup, blocked by Langston Galloway  
3:06   MIL team rebound  
2:55   Bad pass turnover on Khris Middleton, stolen by Luke Kennard  
2:37 +2 Reggie Jackson made floating jump shot 49-51
2:21 +2 Pat Connaughton made jump shot, assist by George Hill 49-53
2:04   Andre Drummond missed layup, blocked by George Hill  
1:50 +3 Langston Galloway made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Luke Kennard 52-53
1:16   Offensive rebound by Reggie Jackson  
1:14 +3 Luke Kennard made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Reggie Jackson 55-56
0:51   Khris Middleton missed fade-away jump shot  
0:48   Defensive rebound by Luke Kennard  
0:37   Personal foul on Brook Lopez  
0:28 +2 Reggie Jackson made jump shot 57-56
0:09 +2 Eric Bledsoe made jump shot 57-58
0:03 +2 Reggie Jackson made driving layup 59-58
0:00   Eric Bledsoe missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   MIL team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:43 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made driving layup, assist by Khris Middleton 59-60
11:27 +2 Andre Drummond made dunk, assist by Reggie Jackson 61-60
11:19 +3 Giannis Antetokounmpo made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Eric Bledsoe 61-63
11:00   Wayne Ellington missed floating jump shot  
10:56   Sterling Brown missed floating jump shot  
10:53   Offensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
10:52 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made dunk 61-65
10:35   Thon Maker missed layup, blocked by Sterling Brown  
10:35   MIL team rebound  
10:20   Full timeout called  
9:51   Defensive rebound by Khris Middleton  
9:43   DET team rebound  
9:29 +2 Andre Drummond made layup, assist by Reggie Jackson 63-67
9:14 +2 Brook Lopez made floating jump shot, assist by Khris Middleton 63-69
8:59   Andre Drummond missed floating jump shot  
8:57   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
8:45 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made dunk 63-71
8:28 +2 Luke Kennard made jump shot, assist by Andre Drummond 65-71
8:08 +3 Eric Bledsoe made 3-pt. jump shot 65-74
7:32   Eric Bledsoe missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:30   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
7:25   Thon Maker missed layup  
7:13 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made driving layup, assist by Khris Middleton 65-76
6:52 +2 Wayne Ellington made jump shot 67-76
6:36   Offensive rebound by Eric Bledsoe  
6:36   Eric Bledsoe missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:36   MIL team rebound  
6:36   Personal foul on Wayne Ellington  
6:25   Khris Middleton missed jump shot  
6:23   Defensive rebound by Ish Smith  
6:14   Glenn Robinson III missed jump shot  
6:10   Defensive rebound by Pat Connaughton  
5:59 +2 Pat Connaughton made turnaround jump shot, assist by Giannis Antetokounmpo 67-78
5:40   Ish Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:37   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
5:23   Bad pass turnover on Wayne Ellington, stolen by Eric Bledsoe  
5:19 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made dunk, assist by Eric Bledsoe 67-80
4:56   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
4:54   Eric Bledsoe missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:42 +2 Ish Smith made jump shot 69-80
4:09   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
4:02 +2 Glenn Robinson III made dunk, assist by Ish Smith 71-80
3:55   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
3:55 +1 Khris Middleton made free throw 71-81
3:41 +2 Khris Middleton made jump shot 71-83
3:15   Ish Smith missed jump shot  
3:12   Defensive rebound by Pat Connaughton  
3:06   Brook Lopez missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:06   DET team rebound  
2:57   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
2:57 +1 Luke Kennard made free throw 72-83
2:44   DET team rebound  
2:44   Personal foul on Brook Lopez  
2:28   Langston Galloway missed driving layup  
2:25   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
2:25   Personal foul on Langston Galloway  
2:21 +2 Sterling Brown made layup, assist by Pat Connaughton 72-85
1:55 +2 Glenn Robinson III made jump shot 74-85
1:36 +2 George Hill made driving layup 74-87
1:21   Ish Smith missed driving layup  
1:13 +3 Pat Connaughton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Sterling Brown 74-90
0:53   Langston Galloway missed floating jump shot  
0:50   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
0:45   Personal foul on Ish Smith  
0:40 +2 Sterling Brown made reverse layup, assist by Giannis Antetokounmpo 74-92
0:40   Shooting foul on Andre Drummond  
0:40 +1 Sterling Brown made free throw 74-93
0:29   Personal foul on George Hill  
0:22   Shooting foul on Ersan Ilyasova  
0:22 +1 Glenn Robinson III made 1st of 2 free throws 75-93
0:22 +1 Glenn Robinson III made 2nd of 2 free throws 76-93
0:00   Glenn Robinson III missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   DET team rebound