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Middleton shooting touch returns, helps Bucks to halftime lead

Khris Middleton’s shot has returned, and the slick-shooting forward’s 12 points have helped the Milwaukee Bucks to a 55-43 lead over the Detroit Pistons at halftime Monday night in Detroit.

After the Bucks fell behind, 10-2, Middleton hit two consecutive 3-pointers in an 11-2 run that gave the Bucks a 13-12 lead. Middleton’s third 3-pointer of the half gave the Bucks a 51-40 lead,

Middleton, who made just 29 of 99 shots in his previous seven games, is 4 for 8 overall and 3 for 5 from behind the arc. Middleton missed Friday’s victory at Cleveland with a sprained right pinkie finger.

Eric Bledsoe leads the Bucks with 13 points, and Tony Snell has added 10.

The Bucks are playing without starting guard Malcolm Brogdon (hamstring) and reserve forward Ersan Ilyasova (nose).

Giannis Antetokounmpo picked up two fouls in the first 2:56 and had to go to the bench. Second-year forward D.J. Wilson entered and provided a spark at both ends of the floor in 15 minutes.

Reggie Bullock leads the Pistons with 13 points.

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