NBA playoffs wrap 2019: Bucks complete sweep of Pistons; Jazz hold off Rockets

Milwaukee became the second team to advance to the second round of the playoffs Monday.

The Bucks topped the Pistons 127-104 in Detroit to complete a first-round sweep, giving them their first playoff series win since 2000-01.

Giannis Antetokounmpo followed up a subpar Game 3 performance with a game-high 41 points and nine rebounds in Game 4.

Blake Griffin did all he could to keep the Pistons alive, totaling 22 points, five rebounds and six assists. But it wasn’t enough.

The Bucks advance to face the Celtics in the second round. Boston knocked Milwaukee out of the playoffs last season in a seven-game series.

Meanwhile, Utah isn’t out of the race just yet.

The Jazz beat the Rockets 107-91 in Game 4 on Monday, preventing Houston’s closeout. 

Utah dominated on the boards and grabbed 17 more rebounds than Houston. It also forced 15 turnovers.

Donovan Mitchell scored a game-high 31 points and had a late dunk that helped seal his team’s victory.

James Harden bounced back from a poor shooting night and posted 30 points of his own.

The Jazz have a difficult task ahead of them, as they’ll have to stay hot and beat the Rockets in the Toyota Center on Wednesday in Game 5.

Studs of the Night

Reggie Jackson recorded a team-high 26 points and seven assists in Detroit’s loss.

Jae Crowder posted 23 points for the Jazz.

Dud of the Night

Ish Smith scored two points on 1-of-6 shooting for the Pistons.

Clint Capela scored four points on 1-of-6 shooting for the Rockets.


Antetokounmpo converted a double clutch finish through contact over Andre Drummond.

What’s Next?

Thunder at Trail Blazers 10:30 p.m. ET — Oklahoma City was the first team to drop a game at home in this series Sunday. Now, the Thunder have no choice but to beat the Trail Blazers in Portland. If they don’t, their season is over.