The Milwaukee Bucks started the new year on a roll as they took down the Detroit Pistons in spectacular fashion with a 121-98 victory, cementing their 5th straight win by double digits. No sTeph Curry? Not a problem. The Bucks have Brook Lopez.
The seven-foot Lopez stunned the Pistons with 25 points, including nailing down seven 3’s in the game. Giannis Antetokounmpo was unusually quiet with just 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists but was seen to be almost unstoppable by Pistons’ defense in the paint. Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe added 22 and 18 points to silence Detroit.
“I was feeling good.” Lopez said. “We were moving the ball really well and I was just trying to space the floor. My guys were making great passes to me all night. They’re so good at attacking the basket, drawing people and kicking out.
Lopez also became the first center in NBA history, and the first Bucks player ever, to make seven or more 3s in consecutive games.
Blake Griffin led the Pistons with 29 points and nine rebounds but was unable to . Reggie Jackson put up 19 points and Andre Drummond added 15 points and 7 rebounds. Reggie Bullock’s underwhelming performance showed the necessity of a catch and shoot two-way guard as well as another forward to team up with Griffin and Drummond.
With the free agency coming up, some names that the Piston could pry off their opponents could be Spencer Dinwiddie or Rodney Hood. Their small forward position could see invite Jabari Parker or Bojan Bogdanovic who is shooting 45.7% from deep this year.
The Pistons were clumsy with their passing and ball-handling in which the Bucks seized scoring opportunities with intercepts and steals, pushing forth their fast break points. (20 to 6.)
The Bucks managed to capitalize by attacking the paint (66 points against the Pistons’ 34) and making optimal baskets. (Field Goal 59.5% against 38%) The Pistons grappled with tight defense which affected their form. Moreover, Bucks were able to tap on the excessive fouls that the Pistons were making which gave away easy two’s alongside their strong passes and chemistry.
Milwaukee has won four straight and eight of nine. The Bucks are holding the NBA-best record at 26-10.Leave a comment