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Bledsoe gets show started; Bucks roll over Pistons

Eric Bledsoe led the rush for the first three quarters, and that was too much for the Detroit Pistons.

The Milwaukee point guard scored 27 points in 26 minutes, as the Bucks rolled to an easy 115-92 victory over the Pistons Wednesday night at Fiserv Forum.

The Bucks (16-7) improved to 7-0 in games after a loss, as they have not suffered consecutive defeats.

Bledsoe, who also scored 27 points Saturday, tallied 18 of his points in the first half as Milwaukee took a 56-45 lead. The Bucks opened the third quarter with a 19-4 run, ballooning their lead to 75-52. Malcolm Brogdon opened the run with a 3-pointer and Bledsoe capped it with a 3-pointer.

The Bucks played without shooting guard Khris Middleton, who was not with the team for personal reasons. Middleton had been benched in the fourth quarter and overtime of Saturday’s loss at New York. Middleton and coach Mike Budenholzer appeared earlier this week to have put any perceived issues behind them. The Bucks also played without forward Ersan Ilyasova, who missed his second straight game with a concussion.

The Bucks never let the lead fall below 17 after their opening run of the third quarter, and both teams emptied their benches for much of the fourth quarter. That meant the Bucks were able to play 2017 first-round pick D.J. Wilson for his season debut. Wilson missed most of the first seven weeks with a hamstring injury.

He made a splash quickly, sinking two 3-pointers in his first two minutes and finished with seven points.

Giannis Antetokounmpo posted 15 points and eight rebounds on a relatively quiet night for him, and Malcolm Brogdon added 14 points. No Milwaukee starter played more than 26 minutes. Tony Snell started for Middleton and scored 11 points.

Blake Griffin scored 31 points in 30 minutes for the Pistons but had no help from his supporting cast. Griffin made 11 of 22 shots, but the rest of the Pistons went 24 for 74 (32.4%) as Detroit shot 36.5% as a team (35 for 96).

The Pistons (13-9) suffered their second straight blow-out loss. The were beaten, 110-83, at home on Monday night by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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