DETROIT — The Milwaukee Bucks gave the Detroit Pistons too many opportunities Wednesday night.

The Pistons outscored Milwaukee 56-34 in the paint and had 15 of their 22 offensive rebounds in the first half en route to a 110-87 victory.

“You can’t give a team that many extra possessions and have a chance to win,” Milwaukee’s Jabari Parker said. “If we take away those extra possessions, we’re right back in the game.”

Andre Drummond had 15 points and 16 rebounds, and Eric Moreland added 10 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for Detroit, which won for only the second time in eight games.

Blake Griffin had eight points, nine rebounds and seven assists for Detroit, which trails Miami by three games for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Milwaukee is one game ahead of the Heat.

Eric Bledsoe scored 19 points for the Bucks, who have lost three straight. Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo left with 10:08 remaining in the game with an apparent injury around his right eye.

“We’ve been told that it is an eye, and he’ll be re-evaluated tomorrow,” Bucks coach Joe Prunty said.

Detroit finished with a 57-35 advantage on the boards. Drummond had 10 offensive rebounds. It was his 18th career game with at least 10, the most among active players.

The Detroit bench, an area of weakness lately, outscored Milwaukee's reserves 63-30. Stanley Johnson, who was replaced by James Ennis in the starting lineup, had 19 points.

"Stanley can adapt and go from starter to the bench," Detroit's Reggie Bullock said. "He played well tonight. He made shots. He got other players involved. He's tough to stop in transition."

The Pistons led by as many as 20 in the third quarter and weren’t seriously threatened down the stretch. Milwaukee missed its first 11 shots from the field in the fourth.

Parker, who set season highs in scoring in each of the previous two games, was held to only seven points after scoring 19 on Tuesday against Washington.

Bucks guard Tony Snell (right thigh) missed the game, after which Milwaukee fell to 9-4 in the second game of back-to-backs.

Leuer on mend

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said former University of Wisconsin forward Jon Leuer (left ankle surgery) is making progress.

“He’s doing stuff,” said Van Gundy, a former UW head coach and assistant. “We’re optimistic that he’ll get a full offseason and be ready to go.”

Up next

The Bucks host the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.


Milwaukee 32 12 26 17 — 87

Detroit 32 21 32 25 — 110

MILWAUKEE — Middleton 3-10 10-10 17, Antetokounmpo 5-13 0-0 11, Henson 3-5 0-0 6, Bledsoe 5-10 7-8 19, Brown 2-6 0-0 4, Parker 3-7 0-2 7, Wilson 1-2 1-2 3, Zeller 2-4 0-0 4, Maker 1-3 2-2 5, Munford 0-2 0-0 0, Terry 0-3 2-2 2, Kilpatrick 3-8 1-2 9. Totals 28-73 23-28 87.

DETROIT — Ennis III 2-6 0-0 4, Griffin 3-10 2-2 8, Drummond 6-12 3-5 15, Smith 2-7 0-0 4, Bullock 7-14 0-0 16, Johnson 6-11 6-6 19, Ellenson 0-1 0-0 0, Tolliver 2-4 0-0 6, Moreland 5-8 0-3 10, Buycks 3-12 6-6 12, Galloway 5-9 0-0 13, Kennard 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 42-95 17-22 110.

3-point goals — M 8-24 (Kilpatrick 2-4, Bledsoe 2-4, Maker 1-2, Parker 1-2, Middleton 1-3, Antetokounmpo 1-3, Brown 0-2, Munford 0-2, Terry 0-2), D 9-29 (Galloway 3-6, Bullock 2-4, Tolliver 2-4, Kennard 1-1, Johnson 1-4, Drummond 0-1, Smith 0-1, Buycks 0-2, Ennis III 0-2, Griffin 0-4). Rebounds — M 35 (Bledsoe 6), D 57 (Drummond 16). Assists — M 16 (Bledsoe 4), D 26 (Griffin 7). Total fouls — M 20, D 20. Att. — 16,146.

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