For the second time in three nights, the Milwaukee Bucks have dominated the Detroit Pistons (116-91) and have thus chained their 7th victory in a row since the start of the season. Giannis Antetokounmpo’s team, the only one not to have lost this season in the NBA, has thus preserved its place at the top of the Eastern Conference, while the Cleveland Cavaliers, winners in a snatch of the Boston Celtics (114-113 ), hunt them closely. The Bucks are having one of the best season starts in their history, as in 1971 or 2018, where they also started with seven successes in a row.
Unlike Monday (110-108), the formation coached by Mike Budenholzer had less difficulty overcoming the Pistons, with a Giannis Antetokounmpo who immediately put them on the right track, notably scoring 15 points in the first quarter. The Bucks then never really wavered, carried throughout the meeting by the Greek, author of a total of 32 points, 12 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 assists, but also by Jrue Holiday (26 points, 7 rebounds).
Cade Cunningham muzzled
For their part, the Pistons were limited by the performance of their leader Cade Cunningham, muzzled to ten points, and penalized by the carelessness of Bojan Bogdanovic, who lost seven balls. Frenchman Killian Hayes played 22 minutes for Detroit, scoring 5 points, 1 assist and 1 steal. The Milwaukee Bucks will now attempt to extend their unbeaten streak overnight from Friday to Saturday against Rudy Gobert’s Minnesota Timberwolves.
In the other matches of the night, the Portland Trail Blazers suffered their second defeat of the season, against the Memphis Grizzlies (111-106), and thus leave the head of the Western Conference to the Phoenix Suns. Still in the West, the Dallas Mavericks tamed the Utah Jazz (103-100) with a Luka Doncic still on fire (33 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists). As for the Los Angeles Lakers, they pulled away, in overtime, to beat the New Orleans Pelicans (120-117) and thus win their second victory in a row.