Detroit – The Milwaukee Dollars were invincible after the loss.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 21 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds to help the Bucks beat Detroit Pistons 115-105 on Tuesday night, while maintaining the difference between a single league team without two outright failures.
“I like it in this team,” said Antetokounmpo, who added three interceptions and two blocks. “Every game we play is not very good, in the next game we are trying to set the tone from the first minute.”
Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said that the feat speaks about the character and competitiveness of the team.
“Historically very good teams, they usually bounce back after losing,” said Budenholzer. "And so far this team has been able to do that."
NBA Bucks leader improved to 13: 0 after losing the game.
“We learn from our mistakes,” said reserve Bucks Pat Connaughton, who showed a high season with 16 points. “Unfortunately, in sports you tend to learn more from losses than from victories.”
Brooke Lopez from Milwaukee scored 12 of 14 points in the first quarter, when Antetokounmpo was limited to three points, because he was on the bench about half a quarter with two fouls.
Eric Bledsoe scored 20 points and seven assists, Chris Middleton scored 15 points, and Tony Snell added 11 points for the bucks, who won seven of eight games.
Reggie Jackson from Detroit peaked a season with 25 points, while Andre Drummond had 20 points and 13 rebounds. Blake Griffin had 18 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Pistons, who lost four out of five and dropped to 21-28 overall.
Griffin said he did not leave hope that the team will be able to go to the playoffs.
“It's still in our hands,” said Griffin, who insisted that he not ask the pistons to exchange him.
Bucks, headed by Lopez, had an advantage of eight points after the first quarter and showed a 13 point advantage during the break. This pillow was large enough for Pistons, who did not seem to be motivated to potentially win at the end of the game.
Stanley Johnson from Detroit turned the ball on the pass towards Reggie Jackson from 2:28 on the left, and Jackson got up and watched Bledsoe take the ball near the midfield and get on the joke.
“We never try to surrender,” said Lopez.
Bucks: Milwaukee, for the first time in franchise history, held a season series against Detroit.
Pistons: Owner Tom Gors said he still hopes that Detroit will make the playoffs, adding that the franchise will explore all possibilities before the NBA trade deadline next week.
"I have not lost faith in this team," said Gorse. “There is something there. We just need some time. Dwayne (Casey) just came here. ”
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Bucks reserve D.Dzh. Wilson, the former star of Michigan, scored all nine of his points in shooting 4 of 6 in the second quarter. Wilson's glasses helped Milwaukee build a 62-49 lead in the break after the pistons were pulled into a 35-tie.
“It was a critical moment,” said Budenholzer. "We needed someone to put the ball in the basket, and he did it."
Casey, meanwhile, lamented how badly his team played at the end of the first half.
“They showed physical fitness, and we didn’t meet it at that time,” he said.
Antetokounmpo scored 6 feet 11 twice and had two gears on 3 points instead of making his own hits in the alley in the last 1:38 of the third after Detroit reduced its deficit to four.
“He is a great decision maker,” said Budenholzer. "These are large fluctuations of the impulse reaching a quarter."
Bucks: Shooting guard Malcolm Brogdon (sternum contusion) and guard Donte Di Vincenzo (heel) missed the game.
Pistons: Guards Reggie Bullock (left ankle) and Ish Smith (groin) came out with injuries.
Bucks: playing in Toronto on Thursday night in the match of the two best teams of the Eastern Conference.
Pistons: Host Dallas Mavericks on Thursday evening.