Bucks slam home easy win over Griffin-less Pistons

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks easily raced past the Pistons in Game 1.

This will likely be as easy as it gets for the Milwaukee Bucks, who hosted their first Game 1 of a playoff series in nearly 20 years but looked like old pros in doing so.

Final score: Bucks 121, Detroit Pistons 86 as the top seed easily dispatched of the eighth, which was missing its top player, Blake Griffin, out with a sore knee.

But the Bucks didn’t compile the league’s best record by showing mercy.

“We ain’t worried about nobody else’s team,” point guard Eric Bledsoe said. “That’s what I think was so great about this team this year is we didn’t focus on the standings; we played our game and took care of who we had to. We’re focused on us.”

Giannis Antetokounmpo led seven Bucks to reach double figures in scoring with 24 points and 17 rebounds. Playoff veteran George Hill scored 16 off the bench and Bledsoe had 15.

The Bucks led 10-2 and were never threatened.

“We were all over the map defensively and didn’t get anything done,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “We have another level we have to get to with our intensity and physicality, because they’re coming through there with balance, Euro-stepping, throwing elbows and stuff like this.”

Luke Kennard led the Pistons with 21 points.

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