Coming off a 144-109 win against the Sacramento Kings where Giannis had a 26 point, 15 rebound, and 11 assist triple-double, the Milwaukee Bucks traveled to Portland Tuesday night to take on the seven win Trail Blazers.
After Antetokounmpo’s first 2 touches resulted in turnovers he took his first shot nearly 4 minutes into the game and knocked down a top-of-the-key jumper. The Blazers started out the game on fire (hitting 4 of their first 6 three pointers) but the Bucks were able to weather the storm and keep the score within 2 by the end of the opening quarter. Giannis played the whole first and had 5 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. After sitting out the first few minutes to start the second, Giannis came back in with Milwaukee down, 41-37. In the middle of the quarter, Portland started to go on a run much like the did in the first and had an 11 point lead at one point. Then, right on que, Khris Middleton found Giannis for an alley-oop off a pick-and-roll. After that play, a couple of Milwaukee stops later, Antetokounmpo was able to ignite the Bucks offense with a layup and a dunk. They were able to cut the Portland lead down to 6 behind strong play from Giannis and Donte DiVincenzo. Antetokounmpo ended the half with 13 points (60% shooting), 4 rebounds, and 4 assists.
The 2-time Milwaukee All-Star started his third quarter with an offensive rebound put-back. The Bucks and Trail Blazers traded buckets all quarter but Portland was able to extend their lead to 14 thanks to a late run by guard, C.J. McCollum. At the end of the third “The Greek Freak” had 19 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists. Going into the final quarter Milwaukee had a small chance of coming back against their Western Conference opponent. Giannis and the rest of the team put up a fight, they even got the game within 5, but it wasn’t enough. The Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Portland Trail Blazers, 118-103. Antetokounmpo played well and finished the game with 23 points (11-18 from the field), 9 rebounds, and 6 assists. This was only the second time all season where Giannis did not register a double-double, the first was a game in which he was injured. The man is such a stud that it feels like an off-game when he doesn’t score 25+ and haul in 10+ boards.
The Bucks will have to bounce back quickly from this loss because on Thursday night they play against the Golden State Warriors. Since the 2015 season, Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 20.8 points per game, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists against the defending champs.
*Stats according to espn.com*
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