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Bledsoe gets Bucks out to early lead

Eric Bledsoe made everything he tried — even one that didn’t count after the buzzer — to score 12 points, as he led the Milwaukee Bucks to a 38-27 lead over the Detroit Pistons after the first quarter in Game 2 of their playoff series.

Bledsoe went 4 for 4, including two 3-pointers, and made two free throws. He even drilled a 35-footer, but a split second after the first-quarter buzzer had sounded. Bledsoe also contributed three assists.

Khris Middleton added nine points to the Bucks attack, and Giannis Antetokounmpo made all three of his shots for seven points.

The Bucks shot 70% (14 for 20).

Reggie Jackson leads the Pistons with eight points, and Luke Kennard has six after being moved into the starting lineup.

The Pistons were within 32-26 before the Bucks went on a late 6-0 run. Andre Drummond made 1 of 2 free throws with 1.8 seconds left.

The Bucks are looking to take a 2-0 series lead against the Pistons, who again are without star forward Blake Griffin.

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