Those of you who stayed up late for this one were treated to an entertaining game as the Milwaukee Bucks took down the Portland Trail Blazers 127-109. Giannis Antetokounmpo absolutely went off for 47 points on a perfect 18/18 inside the arc.
Fueled by hot starts from Giannis and Jrue Holiday, the Bucks led 34-21 after the first, while the Blazers only managed to shoot 21.7%. Damian Lillard caught fire and Portland got several of those points back in the second, capitalizing off offensive rebounds and Buck turnovers. Though Portland closed the quarter strongly, Milwaukee led 60-53 at the break.
Portland cut the lead to 5 early in the third thanks to a bevy of triples, but Milwaukee opened up a 24 point lead to end the third up 97-73. Giannis checked back in with 10:22 to go as the Blazers cut that lead to as close as 12, yet again getting hot from the perimeter. But The Greek Freak continued going nuclear and checked out with 3 minutes left as Milwaukee notched the W.
Giannis attacked Portland’s 29th-ranked defense like a lion on a gnu carcass. The Blazers simply had no ability to protect the rim from his assaults, as Giannis made all 18 of his shots (!!!) inside the arc. All they could do was foul him, and that failed too as he went 11/13 at the stripe. Portland’s only recourse was to shoot oodles of threes (54), and they made lots of them (21), making some of the Bucks’ leads feel tenuous early on. But no bombardment was strong enough to stop 47 on a crazy-efficient 18/21 shooting.
Jrue Holiday also stood out with 22 and 10 assists. Bobby Portis was decent in his return from the health and safety protocols and Jeff Teague made his Bucks debut. Damian Lillard had 32 in the loss.
Stat That Stood Out
It can’t be anything outside of points in paint. Led by Giannis’ utter dominance, Milwaukee had a 58-24 edge, outweighing Portland’s 27 point edge behind the arc.