Four Pistons scored in double-figures, led by Saddiq Bey’s 22 points. Isaiah Stewart finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Bojan Bogdanovic added 14 points and Cade Cunningham 10.
Antetokounmpo has scored 30 or more points in six consecutive games.
“It feels like he’s playing a lot of different places and playing with just a good rhythm and really an unselfish heart and it’s coming back to him,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “Good things are happening.”
The two-time MVP tallied 15 of the Bucks’ 31 first-quarter points against Detroit.
“A guy like him, when he sees a few baskets go in, he starts to get hot,” Stewart said. “And for us defensively, we don’t want that, so praise to him for getting going.”
The Bucks shot only 26.3% on 3-pointers, but outscored the Pistons 56-30 in the paint and outrebounded them 52-35.
The Bucks led for nearly the entire first half despite shooting 2 for 21 from long distance. They outscored the Pistons 34-14 in the paint and led 56-47 at halftime. Milwaukee increased its lead in the second half.
“Finding other ways, the offensive rebounding, created some turnovers, played really good defense,” Budenholzer said. “It’s early in the year, but we want to be able to win different ways. Some nights you’re just not going to make shots or make 3s. You can’t just crawl into a hole and go home, you’ve got to find other ways to win.”
The Bucks have avoided defeat even though Khris Middleton and Pat Connaughton haven’t seen the court. Middleton is recovering from offseason wrist surgery and Connaughton has a strained right calf.
Pistons: Rookie C Jalen Duren missed a second straight game. He sprained his left ankle Sunday in a win over the Warriors.
Bucks: F-C Sandro Mamukelashvili missed the game and was being evaluated for a concussion. ... Two-way G AJ Green underwent surgery Tuesday to repair his fractured nose, an injury he sustained during practice with the Wisconsin Herd on Friday. He is expected to be sidelined for about three weeks.
Pistons: Host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.
Bucks: At the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday.
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