Bucks Sweep the Pistons, Advance to The Second Round
Will this be the year for the Bucks?
It has been a while since the Milwaukee Bucks have advanced in a playoff series. It was 2001 and their star player Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn’t even playing basketball yet.
Monday night Antetokounmpo delivered a game high of 41 points against a hurt Detroit Pistons team. The Bucks went onto sweeping the Pistons in the best out of four games winning 127-104, marking their first series win since 2001.
“It’s a good night for Milwaukee,” coach Mike Budenholzer said. “It’s a good night for the Bucks.”
The Pistons were not going down easy though, as they built a double-digit lead in the first half. Blake Griffin played his first game of the series because of his knee injury that has kept him out basically almost the entire series. Griffin had a bit of a scare in the first quarter when he hobbled off the court after an awkward landing from a dunk. Once Blake Griffin fouled out of the game, the Bucks were able to build a 15-point lead and never looked back.
“We just had to weather the storm,” Eric Bledsoe said. “At the end of the day, they didn’t want to get swept. We knew they was going to come out aggressive.”
The Bucks will now face a hungry Boston Celtics team who also swept the Indiana Pacers in their first round matchup.
Check out the highlights below from last nights matchup via the NBA Twitter page.