Pistons blown out by Bucks in road loss

Tribune News Service • Dec 6, 2018 at 12:19 AM

MILWAUKEE — Blake Griffin kept the Detroit Pistons in contact with the Milwaukee Bucks for a half.

He only delayed the inevitable.

The Bucks (16-7) forced the Pistons’ second-straight horrific shooting night in cruising to a 115-92 victory at Fiserv Forum on Wednesday night.

Griffin scored 22 of his game-high 31 points in the first half, but with his teammates clanging 3-point shots, the Pistons could not keep up with the Bucks’ onslaught.

The Pistons shot 9-for-38 (23.7 percent) from 3-point range with Stanley Johnson suffering through a 1-for-8 night from behind the arc.

Eric Bledsoe scored 27 points as the Bucks nailed 14 3-pointers.

Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo had a quiet night with 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists but he wasn’t needed. He did have a slam over Griffin.

The services weren’t needed of former Piston Khris Middleton, who was out of the Bucks lineup because of a personal matter.

Reggie Jackson added 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Pistons (13-9).

The Pistons lost by 27 points to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night.

With Reggie Bullock out with a left ankle sprain, Pistons coach Dwane Casey turned to Langston Galloway.

Galloway was picked instead of Luke Kennard or Bruce Brown.

The team has been better with Brown on the court than Galloway, but the veteran is shooting 32 percent from 3-point range.

Brown is a non-shooter as a rookie.

Galloway finished with five points and was 1-for-4 from 3-point range in 22 minutes. Brown scored three points in 26 minutes.

After Bledsoe scored an easy layup in the first half, backup point guard Ish Smith grabbed his right groin.

During the next stoppage, Smith walked off the floor and didn’t stop at the Pistons bench, heading to the locker room.

The Pistons announced later that Smith was out for the game.

Jose Calderon served as the backup point guard the rest of the evening.

After saying Kennard was still working his way into playing rhythm after missing 16 games with a right shoulder sprain, Kennard played six minutes in the first half and scored two points on 1-for-6 shooting.

He did not play in the second half.

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