Giannis drops 29 in return as Bucks rout Pistons

by Gordon Dixon - Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 20 of his 29 points in the first quarter and Khris Middleton made his return to the lineup as well as Milwaukee beat Detroit 150-130 on Monday night.

Giannis Antetokounmpo returns with 29-point performance in Bucks' romp 10:11 PM ET Associated Press DETROIT -- Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 20 of his 29 points in the first quarter, returning to the lineup after a five-game absence to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 150-130 win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night. The two-time MVP was joined by three-time All-Star Khris Middleton , putting the Bucks' prolific duo in the same lineup for the first time in more than a month. Antetokounmpo had been out with a sore left knee. Middleton, who hadn't played since Dec. 15 due to a sore right knee, had eight points and four assists. Editor's Picks 2 Related The Bucks scored 49 points in the first quarter, two shy of the NBA record, and led Detroit by 25 after Antetokounmpo made all six of his shots in eight-plus minutes. Antetokounmpo didn't keep up his scoring pace the rest of the game, but he didn't have to with teammates such as reserve Bobby Portis scoring 12 of his 18 points in the second quarter. However, Portis left the court with a sore right knee early in the fourth quarter after grabbing a 10th rebound for his 29th double-double this season. Milwaukee led 83-55 at halftime and 115-92 after three quarters, and finished with a season high in points in a game that wasn't competitive beyond the opening minutes. Mercifully, the Bucks held the ball and were called for a shot-clock violation in the final seconds when they were three points from matching the most by an NBA team this season. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 33 points and rookie Jalen Duren had a season-high 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Pistons, who have won an Eastern Conference-low 12 games and are ahead of only the Houston Rockets in the league-wide standings. Detroit's Saddiq Bey scored 21 points, rookie Jaden Ivey had 12 points and 11 assists, and Hamidou Diallo added 11 points off the bench.