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Lopez leads Bucks to 67-54 lead over Pistons at half

Brook Lopez is doing it all in the first half, and his strong play has carried the Milwaukee Bucks to a 67-54 lead at the half over the Detroit Pistons.

Lopez has made three 3-pointers on his way to 15 points, five rebounds and three blocks in his usual stellar defense, as the Bucks look to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Blake Griffin has returned for the Pistons after missing the first two games and has provided a spark with 15 points and five assists to lead Detroit’s offense.

Ersan Ilyasova provided a big first-quarter jolt with three 3-pointers, and he has 11 points. Eric Bledsoe also has 11 for the Bucks.

The Bucks are shooting 52.1% (25 of 48) to just 40.4% (19 of 44) for the Pistons. Milwaukee has made 9 of 22 3-pointers.

Giannis Antetokounmpo has been held in check with just eight points on 3-of-8 shooting, but his teammates have answered the challenge in support.

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