The Milwaukee Bucks delivered an impressive performance against the Detroit Pistons on Saturday, cruising to a 146-114 victory. This win marked the Pistons' 23rd consecutive loss, tying them with some of the longest losing streaks in NBA history.
Lillard and Portis Shine in Bucks' Triumph
Damian Lillard and Bobby Portis were the standout performers for the Bucks. Lillard scored 33 points, while Portis contributed a season-high 31 points along with 12 rebounds, playing a pivotal role in the team's dominant win.
Their efforts ensured that the Bucks took a commanding 24-point lead in the first quarter, setting the tone for the rest of the game. Portis reflected on the team's mindset, emphasizing the importance of maintaining intensity regardless of the opponent.
“Sometimes those games can be trap games... I like how we kind of started from the jump, jumped on them early and kind of controlled the game throughout the game,” he said.Giannis Antetokounmpo also made a significant impact with 22 points, eight rebounds, and six assists, following his record-setting 64-point performance earlier in the week.
The Bucks' focused approach was noted by coach Adrian Griffin, who praised the leadership within the team.
“There was no messing around. I thought that in the locker room, there was a seriousness before the game,” Griffin said.
Pistons' Struggles Continue
The Pistons, on the other hand, are now on par with teams like the 1995-96 Vancouver Grizzlies and the 2011-12 Charlotte Bobcats, who also endured 23-game losing streaks within a single season.
Pistons coach Monty Williams expressed his frustration, emphasizing the need for consistency in the team's approach.
“We can't afford to start games without the grit and toughness that we display at times,” Williams stated.The Pistons’ Cade Cunningham and Bojan Bogdanovic put up a fight, scoring 25 and 24 points respectively, but it wasn't enough to challenge the Bucks' dominance.
Team Contributions and Absences
The Bucks managed to secure this comprehensive victory despite the absence of key players Malik Beasley and Khris Middleton.
Rookie MarJon Beauchamp made the most of his first start of the season, contributing significantly to the win. Bobby Portis' performance was particularly noteworthy, as it was his highest point total since joining the Bucks in 2020.