NBA roundup: Bucks obliterate short-handed Pistons
Giannis Antetokounmpo racked up 24 points, 17 rebounds and four assists in only 23 minutes as the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks overwhelmed the visiting Detroit Pistons 121-86 in their Eastern Conference playoff opener on Sunday.
George Hill had 16 points off the bench for the Bucks, who led by 27 at
halftime. Eric Bledsoe scored 15 points, Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton had
14 apiece, and Sterling Brown added 11 along with a team-high seven assists.
Pistons center Andre Drummond was ejected with 4:07 remaining in the third
quarter for shoving Antetokounmpo to the floor. The two-handed push occurred
after Antetokounmpo grabbed an offensive rebound. Drummond finished with 12
points and 12 rebounds.
Luke Kennard's 21 points off the bench topped Detroit, which played without
All-Star forward Blake Griffin. He was sidelined by a sore left knee, which
also kept him out of four of the last seven regular-season games. The Bucks
were without guards Malcolm Brogdon (foot) and Tony Snell (ankle).
Rockets 122, Jazz 90
James Harden and Clint Capela posted double-doubles, and Houston rolled to a
victory in Game 1 of its first-round series with visiting Utah.
Harden paired 29 points with 10 assists and finished two rebounds shy of a
triple-double to fuel the Rockets to a 1-0 series lead. Capela added 16 points
and 12 rebounds while grappling with Jazz center Rudy Gobert (22 points, 12
Houston made headway by holding its own on the glass and defending with vigor,
limiting Utah guard Donovan Mitchell to 19 points on 7-of-18 shooting and the
Jazz to 39.0 percent shooting. Utah finished just 7-for-27 on 3-pointers and
committed 19 turnovers.
Trail Blazers 104, Thunder 99
Damian Lillard scored 30 points as Portland held off visiting Oklahoma City to
win the opener of their first-round playoff series.
CJ McCollum added 24 points, and Enes Kanter contributed 20 points and 18
rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who led by as many as 19 points in the first
half. The lead shrunk to as few as three points in the fourth quarter, but
Oklahoma City never had possession with a chance to tie.
Celtics 84, Pacers 74
Boston held visiting Indiana without a field goal for the first 8 1/2 minutes
of the second half, rallying from a halftime deficit for a victory in Game 1
of their first-round playoff series.
After failing to make even one-third of their shots in the first half while
falling behind 45-38, the fourth-seeded Celtics became a defensive force in
the third quarter. The Pacers, seeded fifth in the East, missed their first
seven shots of the second half and mixed in three turnovers as their
seven-point lead turned into a 47-45 deficit.
Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris scored 20 points apiece for Boston, which won
handily despite shooting just 36.4 percent. Cory Joseph led Indiana with 14
points, and Bojan Bogdanovic had 12, as the Pacers shot 33.3 percent for the
--Field Level Media