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Pistons’ small lineup earns 59-58 halftime lead over Bucks

Luke Kennard moved into the starting lineup, and the Detroit Pistons small lineup has the Milwaukee Bucks swatting in frustration

Kennard scored 14 points, a total matched by backcourt mate Reggie Jackson, and the Pistons hold a 59-58 lead at the half of Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.

The Pistons lead despite shooting just 39.7% (23 of 58). They’ve done so by committing just two turnovers while forcing eight.

The Bucks have been known for their “Let It Fly” offense that fires up 3-pointers, but it’s the Pistons who are 9 for 23 behind the arc, while Milwaukee has taken just 11, making six.

Detroit’s small lineup benefited from a 20-second span early in the second quarter in which Giannis Antetokounmpo picked up his second and third fouls. The second came on an offensive foul, and he picked up his third with 8:42 left.

Because of that foul trouble, Antetokounmpo played just 14 minutes of the first half, scoring 10 points. The Bucks held a 41-36 lead at that point.

Khris Middleton leads the Bucks with 15 points, and Eric Bledsoe has contributed 14. But the Bucks shot just 32% (8 for 25) in the second quarter after shooting 70% (14 for 20) in the first quarter.

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