The top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks started their postseason run Sunday with the same fervor that defined their regular season by handing the eighth-seeded Detroit Pistons a 121-86 defeat at Milwaukee's Fiserv Forum.
The victory gives the Bucks a 1-0 series lead in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Without him, guard Luke Kennard played at power forward and led all Pistons with 21 points off the bench.
The Bucks are trying to win their first playoff series since 2001, while the Pistons last advanced beyond the first round in 2008.
Milwaukee will again host the Pistons for Game 2 on Wednesday.