Antetokounmpo struggled at the foul line, making only 5 of 12 attempts, but was 9 for 17 from the field and 1 of 5 from 3-point range.
Griffin will be listed as day to day for the remainder of the series, with a league source calling it a "slim chance" he plays this weekend. 'It's a hot situation.
Griffin said it was frustrating having to watch Game One from the sidelines.
"I never like to feel like I'm leaving my guys out there", Griffin said. Griffin and team doctors will decide the best course of action when the season concludes. He avoided a flagrant foul when he brought Antetokounmpo to the floor in the second quarter. He had four points and four rebounds in 22 minutes and was booed heavily by the home crowd. "Thon is my little brother", Antetokounmpo said. His team made a huge jump in every possible respect from last season; their win total went from 44 to 60, they have the no. 1 ranked defense after finishing 15th last season, and their offense is statistically the best in the league, an improvement from their middle-of-the-road status last season. Detroit entered with a 14-3 playoff record against Milwaukee, winning all four series. "He's just getting back in conditioning and health and everything like that", Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.
Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris each scored 20 points, and Boston rallied in the second half to beat in in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.
But the task got more hard with leading scorer Blake Griffin being ruled out of Game 1 due to a sore knee that bothered him in the waning days of the regular season, and the Bucks took full advantage of Griffin's absence.