The Milwaukee Bucks played excellent team basketball for 48 minutes, which resulted in a win against a tough Portland TrailBlazers team 115-107.
Milwaukee was lead by great performances from Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Matthew Dellavedova who stepped up big in the 4th quarter.Bucks big man, Greg Monroe also had a great offensive and defensive game in his 22 minutes of action.
The first half saw the Trail Blazers go absolutely nova from beyond the arch, they hit 12 threes and raced out to a 58-51 lead. Portland was lead by their usual suspects of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum as they combined for 53 points.
The Milwaukee Bucks played tighter defense in the second half, only letting the Trail Blazers hit 5 threes after halftime.
The Bucks dominated in points in the paint, outscoring Portland 54-32. They also forced 15 Blazer turnovers, which resulted in 27 fast break points for the Bucks. Milwaukee also hoisted up 24 three pointers for the game, they made 10 of them for a solid 41.7%.
Below are the three notable performances from tonights big victory against the Blazers.
Jabari Parker (27pts, 3reb, 1ast, 0blk, 0stl): Jabari got off to a great first quarter, totaling 13 points. All night he was being aggressive and really looking for his offense. Tonight we were treated to a brilliant offensive display by Jabari Parker. He hit an array of smooth jump shots (including a three pointer), and was constantly taking it to the rim with menace. Jabari’s athleticism has really been on full display this season, it is a huge step forward for this Bucks team. On defense, I thought Jabari Parker played well. He got matched up with Blazers star point guard Damian Lillard a few times down the stretch, and Jabari won the battle and forced him into taking tough shots from the perimeter. Although the rebounding numbers are “disappointing,” it is hard to complain with this performance from him tonight. Grade: 88%
Giannis Antetokounmpo (15pts, 12reb, 11ast, 4blk, 2stl): Another triple-double from the Greek Freak, almost every night he is on #TripleDoubleWatch. This was arguably one of the more difficult games for Giannis Antetokounmpo, as Portland had a solid defensive game plan to minimize his offensive production. He shot only 4/11 from the field, but he still provided a huge boos to the offense tonight. Countless times he made tough passes to cutting teammates look routine, his court vision is excellent. He is always looking to find the open teammate. There was even a sweet triangle set between Jabari Parker, Giannis Antetokounmpo and John Henson in the second half. Although it resulted in a miss Giannis three pointer, the play was executed to perfection. These young Bucks are certainly starting to play more cohesive basketball. Giannis on defense was his usual self, using his length to disrupt shots, grab rebounds and block 4 shots. In what was a difficult game for him, he still gutted out a triple double. Grade: 91%
Matthew Dellavedova (17pts, 4reb, 1ast, 0blk, 0stl): Tonight was a tough matchup for Bucks point guard, Matthew Dellavedova as he had to deal with Damian Lillard for most of the night. However, he was instrumental in the 4th quarter and helping the Bucks come out on top. Dellavedova was able to navigate through the paint and hit three very clutch floaters later in the game when the Bucks desperately needed points. Without his crunch time production, perhaps this game could have turned out differently for the Bucks. Grade: 85%
Three Plays: 1) Malcolm Brogdon also helped key the Bucks to victory. He hit 3-3 three pointers in the fourth quarter, and played some really tough defense during the fourth. He has been playing well above his age this season, I am a believer. 2) The Jabari Parker coast-to-coast dunk in the first quarter. Off a defensive rebound from Michael Beasley, he immediately gave the ball to Parker, who took it the length of the floor and navigated through 3 defenders and dunked it home. This was an exceptional display of skill and athleticism from Jabari Parker. 3) The put back slam from Giannis Antetokounmpo (also in the first quarter) was disrespectful. After a Delly missed layup, Giannis came crashing through the lane, grabbed the ball and jammed it home on Damian Lillard’s back.
Next up: The Milwaukee Bucks play the Atlanta Hawks, this Friday (12/9). The Hawks are struggling, they currently have an 11-12 record which is good for 10th in the East. The Bucks, winners of 5 of 6 look to ride the momentum into the weekend.