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    Bucks take control early and send Pistons to second straight loss

    Dec 6, 2018
    Thon Maker scores 11 and five other Bucks deliver double-figure scores.
    PHOTO: AP

    MILWAUKEE — Eric Bledsoe matched his season high with 27 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 15 as the Milwaukee Bucks rolled to a 115-92 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night (Thursday, Manila time).

    Milwaukee countered an opening basket with nine consecutive points and did not trail after that. The Bucks led 30-21 after one quarter, 56-45 at halftime and then opened the third period with a 19-4 run.

    Bledsoe's 3-pointer put Milwaukee up 75-49 with 7:25 left in the third.

    Blake Griffin had 31 points and Reggie Jackson scored 15 for the Pistons, who lost their second straight after a five-game winning streak.

    The Bucks, who entered with the second-best record in the East behind Toronto, improved to 12-2 at home. They are 4-5 on the road.

    Antetokounmpo was limited to six points in the first half on 3-of-8 shooting, but Bledsoe picked up the slack with 18 first-half points.

    Griffin kept the Pistons close in the first half with 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting, including 3 of 6 from beyond the arc.

    Milwaukee closed the first quarter with a 9-4 spurt. Two free throws by Thon Maker gave the Bucks their biggest lead of the half at 56-43.

    Detroit's bench was a combined 3 for 17 in the first half, missing all six 3-point attempts.

    TIP-INS

    Pistons: G Ish Smith strained his right groin and did not play in the second half.

    Bucks: F Khris Middleton was inactive for personal reasons.

    UP NEXT

    Pistons: Return home to host Philadelphia on Friday.

    Bucks: Host Golden State on Friday.

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    Thon Maker scores 11 and five other Bucks deliver double-figure scores.
    PHOTO: AP
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