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Balanced effort puts Bucks on brink of advancing

Giannis Antetokounmpo didn’t put on a super-human performance. He didn’t need to.

Khris Middleton scored 20 points, and Brook Lopez and Eric Bledsoe added 19 each as the Bucks put seven players in double figures in a 119-100 victory Saturday night at Little Ceasars Arena to take a 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven playoff series.

The Bucks can wrap up the series on Monday night in Detroit.

Ersan Ilyasova scored 15 points to lead a big bench effort as Bucks reserves outscored Detroit’s subs, 42-27.

The Bucks steadily outplayed and outscored the Pistons through the first three quarters and took a 100-78 lead into the fourth quarter.

Milwaukee rolled despite Pistons star Blake Griffin making his first appearance of the series after missing the first two games with a sore right knee. Griffin led the Pistons with 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists, but the Pistons still were no match foe the efficient Bucks.

Nikola Mirotic added 12 points, and George Hill had 11 off the bench.

Antetokounmpo finished with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds, but the Bucks didn’t need any more than that.

The Bucks won with balance and defense. Along with the seven players in double figures, the Bucks also held Detroit to 38.5% shooting (37 of 96). Lopez continues to lead that end with five blocks and several more alters.

Griffin made just 10 of 24 shots, and with him dominating the ball on offense, players such as Luke Kennard were non=factors. Kennard, the Pistons’ leading scorer in Games 1 and 2, took just nine shots for nine points.

Andre Drummond had a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds but also struggled to a 5-of-14 night from the floor. None of the Pistons starters made 50% of their shots.

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