The Pistons started their road trip tonight in Milwaukee. The Bucks came into this game 7-6 and are led by All-star Giannis Antetokounmpo and recently acquired Eric Bledsoe.
The first half was defined by great defense and poor shooting. The Pistons shot 33.3% from the field, but 44.4% from behind the 3 point line. Detroit grabbed 10 offensive rebounds, but Milwaukee forced 10 turnovers and blocked 10 shots. In a tense game Stan Van Gundy was called for a technical foul arguing that an Antetokounmpo block was a goaltend.
The Bucks looked like they might pull away with a 12-0 run, but consecutive 3 pointers by Avery Bradley and Tobias Harris kept either team from building more than a 7 point lead. Avery Bradley had 16 of his 28 points in the 1st half to lead the Pistons to a 41-41 tie at the break.
However, poor shooting doomed the Pistons in the second half. The shots started falling for the Bucks as the deficit increased to as much as 15. But the Pistons would not give up. Langston Gallaway and Luke Kennard combined for 17 points in the 4th as the bench chipped away at the lead. The game was tied at 93 with less than a minute to play after an Andre Drummond free throw. He missed the second free throw and it was all Milwaukee from there. Eric Bledsoe hit a jumper and 2 free throws to put the Bucks ahead. Avery Bradley’s layup cut it to 2, but Detroit had to foul and Tony Snell hit both free throws to keep the lead at 4. The Pistons couldn’t get a shot off in the final seconds and fell 99-95.
Avery Bradley led all scorers with 28 points. Andre Drummond had 13 points, 17 rebounds (8 offensive), and 4 assists. Luke Kennard added 11 points and 2 rebounds off the bench. The Bucks were led by Khris Middleton’s 27 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 21 points, 6 assists, 4 blocks, and 3 steals.
Notes: The Pistons fell to 10-4 on the season and 3-2 on the road. The next game is Friday night in Indiana. Andre Drummond has grabbed at least 12 rebounds in every game so far this season. Stanley Johnson returned to the starting lineup and scored 2 points and 3 rebounds in 18 minutes.