In NBA preseason openers, Milwaukee Bucks win without Antetokounmpo, Detroit Pistons lose
CHICAGO (AP) – Robin Lopez and Frank Mason III both scored 14 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks over the Chicago Bulls 122-112 in preseason action on Monday night.
Milwaukee didn’t play most of its major contributors, including last year’s league Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton.
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said before the game that most of them had a good scrimmage on Sunday so he didn’t want to play them in what was essentially a back-to-back stretch.
All five of the Bucks’ starters scored in double figures. Brook Lopez scored 13 points, Sterling Brown added 12 points and nine rebounds and Wesley Matthews scored 10.
Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 16 points.
Magic 115, Pistons 91
At Detroit, Aaron Gordon had 25 points and eight rebounds and Jonathan Isaac added 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Orlando.
Mo Bamba scored 13 points and Nikola Vucevic had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Magic. Markelle Fultz added eight points, four rebounds and seven assists. The No. 1 overall pick by Philadelphia in the 2017 draft, Fultz was acquired by Orlando in a trade for Jonathan Simmons and two draft picks.
Christian Wood led Detroit with 19 points, Andre Drummond had 14 points and nine rebounds and Derrick Rose scored 10 points.