Bucks send Pistons to 12th straight playoff loss

Blake Griffin is working his way into the box score despite watching from the bench in a suit

The Pistons were absolutely demolished in game 1, and they were able to keep things closer in game 2.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (26 points) and Khris Middleton (24 points) combined to score 77 points for the Bucks, while Pat Connaughton added 18 points (on 8-for-10 shooting) to go along with nine rebounds off the bench.

While Yahoo Sports' Vincent Goodwill reported Griffin would likely miss the entire series against the Bucks, the 30-year-old Griffin was spotted putting up shots prior to Wednesday's game.

But, without their best player, the Detroit Pistons did not have a chance against top seeds Milwaukee Bucks.

After a blowout loss in Game 1, the Pistons showed a lot more fight today, grinding their way to an unlikely half-time lead against the Bucks.

They head home to Detroit for Game 3 on Saturday. Antetokounmpo's 3-pointer on the next trip down the floor put the Bucks ahead for good.

Antetokounmpo opened the second half with a layup before the Pistons took the lead again on a dunk by Drummond. The team was going to struggle remaining competitive with Griffin on the court.

The eighth-seeded Pistons, who were paced by 19 points from Kennard, are on a 12-game play-off losing streak dating back to 2008 - the second-worst run after the New York Knicks, who had 13 consecutive defeats from 2001-12.

After missing three games with a sprained knee, Griffin returned on April 5 against Oklahoma City and scored 45 points.

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