Bucks beat Pistons for 12th consecutive time with 114-93 win

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 points, Bobby Portis added 28 and the Milwaukee Bucks continued their dominance over the Detroit Pistons with a 114-93 victory on Wednesday night.

It was Milwaukee’s fifth consecutive win overall and 12th in a row against Detroit, dating back to 2018. It marks the third-longest winning streak for one NBA team compared to another.

Jrue Holiday had 22 points for the Bucks, who took a 14-0 lead and never trailed. It was their second game in a row with a quick start. In their previous game, the Bucks opened up a 77-36 lead over Orlando, the largest halftime lead in franchise history.

“I think the starters are focused,” said coach Mike Budenholzer. “It doesn’t guarantee anything, but I just love the way they have been.”

Five Bucks – Antetokounmpo, Portis, Holiday, Khris Middleton and Pat Connaughton – scored 105 of the team’s points.

“When he puts in that maximum effort,” Budenholzer said of Antetokounmpo, “that inner motivation to compete, and he goes and does things that I think are very unique to him – very, very, rare and that. is what wins. “

Detroit rookie Cade Cunningham, the No. 1 draft pick, had nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Trey Lyles contributed 19 points and seven rebounds off the bench.

Portis, who posted 10 rebounds, tied his career best four-game streak with a double-double.

“My whole career has always been ups and downs. Play 16 minutes, I could play 22 minutes. It’s like the first time I’ve been able to play consistent minutes and know I’m going to put the ball in that position, “he said.

Budenholzer added: “He’s putting together the shots at a good pace. I think he really got in shape. He plays with a lot of confidence. The crowd loves him, I think he loves the crowd, it’s good for our group.

The Pistons lost their fourth straight game.

In the second half, they couldn’t come close to six points, with the Bucks leading 71-65 with 6:43 left in the third quarter.

Saben Lee had 12 points in 29 minutes on the Detroit bench.

“I’m just trying to change the pace of the game, attack from the paint and find my teammates,” he said.


The Bucks haven’t lost a game this season in which their top three players – Antetokounmpo, Middleton and Holiday – were all in the lineup.


Cunningham and fellow rookie Luka Garza, and sophomore Saddiq Bey started for Detroit. “You just have to approach every game in a positive way, as positively as possible, and not let yourself be bothered once in a while,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said ahead of the game. “You’re in teaching mode. With a team of veterans you can sort of face them a little stronger, a little stronger. teaching view. “


Pistons: C Isaiah Stewart served Game 2 of his suspension. The league suspended Stewart for two games and LeBron James of the Lakers for one after their altercation in Sunday’s game in Detroit.

Bucks: Budenholzer successfully appealed a foul on Antetokounmpo in the second quarter after blocking a layup attempt from Lee.


Pistons: At the Clippers on Friday afternoon. Detroit went 0-2 against the Clippers in 2020-21 and 0-1 in 2019-20.

Bucks: At the Nuggets Friday night.

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