Monday, Feb. 1: Bucks 134, Blazers 106
The skinny: One of the top scoring teams in the NBA, the Bucks thrived against short-handed Portland. Milwaukee opened with a 46-point first quarter to set the tone and led by as many as 39 points in the third quarter. The Bucks had 39 assists on 53 baskets (21 of them 3-pointers). Milwaukee's 79 points in the first half were the most in a half this season for a Blazers' opponent. The Bucks shot 60.3% through three quarters, including 18 of 30 on 3s (60%).
Portland tried to make a game of it with its own offense, but the game got away in the second quarter when the Blazers tried to match the Bucks' sizzling 3-point shooting but went 1 of 11 on 3s in the period and fell behind 23 at half. The Blazers also didn't slow down Milwaukee's transition game as the Bucks finished with a 29-5 advantage in fast-break points. … The lopsided score meant a fourth-quarter off for most of Portland's starters ahead of a Tuesday game against the Wizards. … The bright spot for Portland was Nassir Little. The second-year wing scored a career-high 30 points in 30 minutes. He was 11 of 18 from the floor including hitting 5 of 7 3-pointers and also had six rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal.
Damian Lillard had 17 points in 27 minutes and Enes Kanter 10 points and 11 rebounds. … Six Bucks scored at least 13 points, led by 22 from Jrue Holiday. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 18 points.
Records: Portland is 10-9, 10th in the Western Conference. Milwaukee is 12-8, third in the Eastern Conference.
Quotable: "(Little) was a bright spot tonight, for sure. He shot the ball really well. Nas has had a tough go the last few months and it was good to see him get out there and see the ball go in the basket, get some extended run, and I was really happy for him," coach Terry Stotts said.
The lineup: Little made his second consecutive start in place of Derrick Jones Jr. (left foot sprain). Of course, Portland is still down CJ McCollum (fractured foot), Jusuf Nurkic (wrist) and Zach Collins (left foot).
Next up: The Blazers play a back-to-back game at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Washington. They visit Philadelphia at 5 p.m. Thursday and wrap up the six-game road trip at 10 a.m. Saturday against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
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