Giannis back, Boston beaten in NBA shock

Giannis Antetokounmpo has scored 20 of his 29 points in the first quarter, returning to the line-up after a five-game absence to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 150-130 win over the Pistons in Detroit.

The two-time MVP was joined by three-time All-Star Khris Middleton, putting the Bucks' prolific duo in the same line-up for the first time in more than a month.

Antetokounmpo had been out with a sore left knee. Middleton, who hadn't played since December 15 due to a sore right knee, had eight points and four assists.

Milwaukee scored 49 points in the first quarter on Monday night, 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 Bobby Portis scoring 12 of his 18 points in the second quarter.

Portis left the court with a sore right knee early in the fourth after grabbing a 10th rebound for his 29th double-double this season.

Brook Lopez scored 21 points, Jevon Carter had 18, Jrue Holiday 16 and Australia's Joe Ingles six on 2-of-4 shooting from three-point range.

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 a NBA team this season.

Milwaukee (30-17) are third in the Eastern Conference standings, while the Pistons (12-37) are bottom.

In Florida, Paolo Banchero scored 23 points, Jonathan Isaac played in the NBA for the first time in two-and-a-half years and Orlando broke Boston's nine-game winning streak with a 113-98 victory.

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown scored 26 points apiece for the league-leading Celtics (35-13).

Wendell Carter Jr. had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Magic (18-29), while Cole Anthony came off the bench with 18 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Isaac missed 211 games since tearing his ACL at Walt Disney World on August 2, 2020. He finished with 10 points, three rebounds and two steals in just under 10 minutes.

Orlando led 55-54 at halftime, then opened up a 13-point lead with the help of three-pointers by Isaac and Gary Harris during a 15-3 run midway through the third quarter.

It was the Magic's third straight win over the Celtics after 10 straight losses.