Pistons dominate inside, rout Bucks 110-87
Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) drives on Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Detroit, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
By Noah Trister, Associated Press
DETROIT (AP) — Andre Drummond had 15 points and 16 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons dominated inside in a 110-87 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
The Pistons outscored Milwaukee 56-34 in the paint and had 15 offensive rebounds in the first half alone. Blake Griffin had eight points, nine rebounds and seven assists for Detroit, which won for only the second time in eight games.
Eric Bledsoe scored 19 points for the Bucks, who have lost three straight. Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo left with 10:08 remaining in the game with an apparent injury around his right eye. He eventually walked toward the locker room.
Reggie Bullock scored 12 of his 16 points in the first quarter for the Pistons. It was tied at 32 after one, then Detroit held Milwaukee to 12 points in the second and led 53-44 at halftime.
The Pistons led by as many as 20 in the third and weren't seriously threatened down the stretch. Milwaukee missed its first 11 shots from the field in the fourth.
Detroit finished with a 57-35 edge on the boards. The Pistons had 22 offensive rebounds, including 10 by Drummond. It was his 18th career game with at least 10 offensive rebounds, the most among active players.
The Detroit bench, an area of weakness lately, outscored Milwaukee's reserves 63-30. Stanley Johnson, who was replaced by James Ennis in the starting lineup, had 19 points.
Jabari Parker, who set season highs in scoring in each of the previous two games for the Bucks, was held to only seven points after scoring 19 on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) against Washington.
Bucks: G Tony Snell (right thigh) missed the game. ... Milwaukee fell to 9-4 in the second game of back-to-backs.
Pistons: Coach Stan Van Gundy said F Jon Leuer (left ankle surgery) is making progress. "He's doing stuff," Van Gundy said. "We're optimistic that he'll get a full offseason and be ready to go."
The start of the game was delayed about 12 minutes because of debris from a pregame entertainment act. The court was cleaned off, and the teams were eventually able to warm up and play.
Bucks: Host the Indiana Pacers on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
Pistons: Visit the Orlando Magic on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).