Jrue Holiday ensured the young and pesky Detroit Pistons wouldn’t take down an NBA heavyweight for a second straight night.
Holiday delivered one of the step-back jumpers that made his teammates marvel as he connected on a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 45.3 seconds left in the Milwaukee Bucks’ 110-108 victory over the Pistons on Monday night. Holiday finished with 25 points, ten assists and seven rebounds.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 31 points, and Brook Lopez had 24 to help the Bucks (6-0) remain the NBA’s only undefeated team.
Cade Cunningham scored 27 points, and Bojan Bogdanovic added 23 for the Pistons. One night after beating the defending champion Golden State Warriors to snap a five-game skid, the young Pistons (2-6) nearly pulled off an equally surprising victory.
Detroit’s starting lineup included only one player (the 33-year-old Bogdanovic) who is older than 23. Three of the Pistons’ starters were 21 or younger. All five of the Bucks’ starters were at least 27, including the 34-year-old Lopez and 32-year-old Holiday.