In a game that was supposed to have a ton of juice for the Milwaukee Bucks because of Damian Lillard playing his old team in the Portland Trail Blazers, the Bucks didn’t provide much in the first half. However, with a 17-3 run in the fourth quarter, Milwaukee found life to complete a 26-point comeback over the Blazers, 105-102. Giannis Antetkoumpo had a strong performance going for 33 points, 16 rebounds, and six assists. Dame recovered after a bad start to go for 27 points, five rebounds and four assists. Jerami Grant led the Blazers with 22 points and four steals.
It was a slow start for the Bucks early, as they fell behind 20-18 in the first quarter. After some heroics from Giannis to end the quarter, Milwaukee only found themselves down five, 31-26, heading into the second quarter. Things would only get worse in the second frame, as the Blazers caught fire from beyond the arc, going 7-for-10 (7-for-9 if you remove the half-court heave at the end) and ballooning their lead to 18 points. The Bucks would whittle it down to single digits with three minutes left, but a 9-2 Portland run helped them take a 16-point lead into the half, 68-52.
The Bucks could not cool off the Blazers’ hot shooting, as Portland began the half on a 22-6 run and had a lead as high as 26 points. Then at the 9:09 mark of the stanza, the Bucks went on a 16-2 run to bring them back within 11. Portland would respond once again and take an 88-75 heading into the final quarter. Milwaukee danced around the 10-point deficit mark, but couldn’t break it in the final frame, as Portland held off any chance of a Bucks comeback. As the fourth quarter wore on, the Bucks were finally able to get within single digits at the 7:03 mark thanks to three offensive rebounds culminating in a Bobby Portis layup. A 17-3 run propelled the Bucks to within three 95-92, capped off by two Portis three balls. Lillard hit a three to tie the game at 97-97 with 2:53 left. Milwaukee would go on to outscore Portland 10-5 to pull out the last-second win.
Stat That Stood Out
The 26-point comeback was the second largest comeback in franchise history.