Giannis Antetokounmpo was saddled with an early foul and also faced some aggressive defense from opposing team that halted his progress in the first half. However, he came with vigor in the 2nd half and set the tone of the game.
Antetokounmpo scored 26 points for the Milwaukee Bucks, 13 of which were scored in the 3rd quarter as the Bucks defeated Detroit Pistons by 120-99 on Wednesday night. With this win, they have a 2-0 lead in the playoffs first-round series.
Antetokounmpo said, “It is all about will. I was aware that they were going to put guys in the paint and crowd me. I just tried to remain patient.”
After halftime, Eric Bledsoe has some advice for the team leader. Antetokounmpo said, “Eric said to me to be aggressive and it is going to come. That is what I tried to do.”
Bucks were truly led by Bledsoe on the night as he scored 27 points while other players like Khris Middleton scored 24 points as Milwaukee Bucks were trying to win their first series since 2001.
Bledsoe said, “We knew that they were going to come out with a fight. We just needed to match their intensity.”
As for Detroit Pistons, they were led by Luke Kennard who scored 19 points while Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson both scored 18 points each of the team with Drummond having 16 rebounds as well.
Pistons’ star player Blake Griffin was again sitting out in the Game 2 with a left knee injury. He still received a technical for the 2nd game as well for arguing fro the bench.
Detroit coach said, “I thought we set the tone in the 2nd quarter. Our challenge was to set hard plays and not get bored with fundamentals or kicking the ball out or doing things offensively.”
The game 3 of the first round series between 2 teams will be played on Saturday in Detroit.