Blake Griffin #23 of the Detroit Pistons looks on while playing the Dallas Mavericks at Little Caesars Arena on January 31, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan.
Drummond pushed Giannis Antetokounmpo out of the play after he gathered an offensive rebound, warranting a Flagrant 2 call and consequent ejection. He blew a kiss to the Fiserv Forum crowd as he was escorted off the court. The team never relaxed behind Antetokounmpo's 24 points and 17 rebounds, as seven players scored in double figures.
Luke Kennard led the Pistons with 21 points off the bench, making 4 of 5 3-pointers but the rest of the team didn't show up.
Griffin is 6-foot-10 and along with center Andre Drummond, was the driving force behind the Pistons' return to the playoffs.
As if a 60-win regular season wasn't enough of an opening statement heading into the postseason, the Milwaukee Bucks delivered another example of just how dominant they can be in Sunday's Game 1 against the Detroit Pistons. Brook Lopez also chipped in ten points to help give Milwaukee a big lead.
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.
After a regular season in which he shattered the all-time record for dunks with 279 (that works out to nearly four per game), the Pistons made a point of trying to foul him on the way to the rim during the opening minutes of the game.
Only three Pistons players scored ten or more points.
Game 2 is Wednesday night in Boston. Giannis led the way with a double-double in the first half.
It was all Bucks again in the second quarter. The Bucks are now 14.5 point favorites.