The Milwaukee crowd greeted Carmelo Anthony with a loud ovation on the star participant's presentation ten instances earlier than the match. He applauded extra after the Bucks prolonged their profitable streak to 6 in a row.
Giannis Antetokounmpo made his second triple-double of the season and Milwaukee beat Anthony and the Portland Trail Blazers 137-129 shorthanded Thursday night time.
"Giannis is Giannis," stated Anthony in regards to the reigning MVP. "It's a difficult check. I thought tonight we had really done a good job. Even if he had a triple-double, when you look at it, it looks like, "Oh, he made a hell of a match." But I thought most of the time we were back on him. We loaded on him. He had a few-and-1, he started a little. … he found some guys, they made a 3, it's somehow open the game. "
Antetokounmpo earned 24 factors, 19 rebounds and 15 profession assists, permitting the Bucks to win their seventh win within the final 9 video games towards Portland.
Antetokounmpo stated: "I could not attack at the attack. The shots did not fall and they showed a lot of people. I was trying to find my teammates and they were in the right places. They managed to shoot down and roll hard. I just did half the work and my teammates did the rest. "
Antetokounmpo, who additionally had a triple-double within the opening recreation of the season, turned the primary participant within the historical past of the franchise to file a match with 20 factors, 15 rebounds and 15 assists. The 6-foot-11 striker has 16 profession double triples. Milwaukee has 14-2 in these video games.
Eric Bledsoe added 30 factors and 6 assists within the Bucks largest recreation of the season.
After scoring 10 factors on four photographs of 14 in 24 minutes when he began his season Tuesday night time towards the Pelicans, Anthony had scored 10 factors within the first interval Thursday. Anthony completed with 18 factors (6-15 photographs) and 7 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who have been with out Hassan Whiteside (hip), Damian Lillard (again), Zach Collins (shoulder) and Jusuf Nurkic (leg).
"He found his legs off after this year," stated Portland guard McCollum about Anthony. "Get used to this movement, get used to the fluidity of the game."
McCollum scored 37 factors and Skal Labissiere added 22 factors, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks for Portland. The Trail Blazers misplaced their third straight recreation and their sixth in a row in Milwaukee.
The Bucks had their first seven photographs, together with three 3s, and led 17-6. Milwaukee has by no means dragged.
The Bucks additionally posted their greatest complete within the first interval, main 72-58.
The Blazers used a third quarter of 40 factors to slim the hole and bought a 117-115 win with simply over 7:00 of play. But Brook Lopez and Wes Matthews hit three to 2 to seal the win Bucks.
"I thought we were competing," McCollum stated. "I thought we played hard. Obviously, we made short. But I thought it was a step in the right direction. "
Milwaukee had 21 of 26 free throws towards 12 of 14 for Trail Blazers and Portland 58-41.
"Do not forget that their starting center (Lopez) has not even recovered any rebound," stated Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts. "So they made all this rebound without even their center. So they had them from many different positions. We must be aware of it. We can not assume that someone else will get it. We do not have a guy who will get all the rebounds. We have to do it with five guys. "
Antetokounmpo made his first profession begin within the NBA towards Anthony. The date was December 18, 2013. Giannis had 10 factors and 7 rebounds earlier than escaping. Carmelo scored 29 factors within the New York victory.
Trail Blazers: in Cleveland on Saturday night time.
Bucks: Welcome Detroit Saturday night time.
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