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Milwaukee Bucks roll past Detroit Pistons 121-86 in series opener

15 April 2019

Antetokounmpo once again led the way in what has been a truly incredible season as he finished with 24 points, 17 rebounds and four assists in only 23 minutes.

For more on how it all went down, here are four takeaways from the Bucks' Game 1 win...

Seven players scored in double figures for the Bucks, who led by as many as 43 points.

MVP chants rang out around Fiserv Forum and it wasn't hard to see why.

Unsurprisingly though, the Bucks' star man wasn't interested in giving anyone bulletin board material after the game.

"I don't know if they were ready for us", Antetokounmpo said. But for as much as Giannis and the Bucks prefer to downplay their achievements, there was no denying their dominance in Game 1. Previous recipients of this award include Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and Detroit Pistons boss Dwane Casey. Detroit certainly has their work cut out for them against the likes on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks. "You don't have to say giddy-up to Thon Maker", Casey said. The big man was ejected in the third quarter after chucking the Greek Freak while he was in mid-air.

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OFF SCRIPT - The Pistons finished No. 6 in the National Basketball Association in 3-point attempts per game at 34.8 and the Bucks allowed more attempts from the arc (36.3) than any National Basketball Association team.

A GAPING VOID - Blake Griffin's sore left knee will have had a full week and a day off when the Pistons and Bucks tip off Game 2 on Wednesday night. "We didn't meet the level of physicality, then we got some cheap fouls". We were getting steals, playing our game and getting out in transition. They're a great team.

Within six minutes the lead had grown to 17 points and victory looked assured after the opening quarter behind the 38-18 lead. And on the defensive end, they baited the Pistons into far too many mid-range shots, while Brook Lopez allowed nothing at the rim.

"I think it was a flagrant but I don't think Andre deserved to be out the rest of the game", Griffin said. I think as a group we all had each other's backs.

While Casey is correct about the Pistons needing to increase their intensity and focus moving forward, it's unlikely to matter.

It was ugly from the start for the underdog Pistons, who were crushed by Bucks, 121-86, in the opener of a first-round series.

Milwaukee Bucks roll past Detroit Pistons 121-86 in series opener