The Pistons returned to home to face the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks are led by early MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo, last season’s Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon, and former Piston Khris Middleton.
Milwaukee jumped out to an early 6-0 lead and led by as many as 8, but the Pistons responded quickly behind 9 points from Avery Bradley and lead by 2 at the end of the 1st quarter. Bradley scored 19 points in the 1st half.
The game remained close until a 19-5 run turned a 40-40 tie into a 59-45 lead. The Pistons bench played a critical role in the 2nd quarter, with solid contributions from Ish Smith, Eric Moreland, Langston Gallaway, and Anthony Tolliver. Khris Middleton hit a buzzer beating 3 point shot to cut the lead to 11 going into the second half.
It looked like the Pistons were going to run away with the game in the 3rd quarter as they extended the lead to as many as 17 points. A 20-7 run by Milwaukee cut the lead to 4 before Andre Drummond took over the game on both ends of the courts. A block, steal, dunks and 4 of 6 from the foul line turned the tide and extended the lead to 10 entering the fourth. The lead was extended to as many as 18 in the 4th The Bucks were able to chip away at the lead, but could not get closer than the 105-96 final score.
The Pistons were led by Andre Drummond’s scored 24 points and 15 rebounds, including 14-16 at the foul line. Avery Bradley finished with 23 points and 3 steals. Eric Moreland had 6 points and 9 rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench. The Bucks were led by Giannis Antetokounmpo and his 29 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks. Malcolm Brogdon had 21 points and 10 assists. Former Piston Khris Middleton had 16 points 7 rebounds and 7 assists.
Notes: The Pistons improved to 6-3 on the season and 3-1 at home. The Pistons continue their homestand tomorrow night against the Sacramento Kings at 7 pm. Eric Moreland scored his first points as a Piston. He also set career highs in points and rebounds.