Bucks advance to face Celtics after first playoff series win since 2001
|Toronto Star 22 Apr 2019 at 22:23|
DETROITâ€”Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 41 points and the Milwaukee Bucks beat Detroit 127-104 on Monday night, completing a four-game sweep of the Pistons and advancing to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2001.
Milwaukee closed the third quarter with a 17-3 run, taking a 10-point lead into the fourth after the Pistons had led much of the way. Detroit set an NBA record with its 14th consecutive playoff loss, a skid that began in 2008.
Pistons guard Reggie Jackson goes low, battling George Hill of the Bucks for possession in Game 4 on Monday night.Â Â (Carlos Osorio / AP)
The Bucks will face Boston in the second round. The Celtics are coming off a sweep of their own against Indiana.
Reggie Jackson scored 20 of his 26 points in the first half for Detroit. Blake Griffin fouled out with 7:06 remaining after scoring 22. The home fans gave him a nice ovation â€” then many headed for the exits.
Antetokounmpo went to the sideline not long after that, with the Bucks comfortably in control.
Griffin was on the bench for much of Milwaukeeâ€™s crucial run. He sat for the final 4:35 of the third. Antetokounmpo scored 16 points in that quarter, half of which came on free throws.
Detroit led 20-8 early on after a dunk by Griffin. The Pistons were up 62-56 at halftime, but still couldnâ€™t prevent a fourth straight blowout at the hands of the team that had the NBAâ€™s best regular-season record. Milwaukee won the four games by a total of 95 points, and no game was closer than 16.