Friday, April 2: Bucks 127, Trail Blazers 109
The skinny: Here's the understatement of the evening: The Trail Blazers had no answers for Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The "Greek Freak" had one of the better NBA games you'll ever see on Friday. He scored 47 points on 18-of-21 shooting, with his only three misses coming from the 3-point line. He also went 11 of 13 at the free-throw line, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked three shots.
Oh, his team, the Bucks, beat the Trail Blazers at Moda Center 127-109.
Portland (29-19) was coming off four road wins. The Bucks (31-17) were coming off a win at the L.A. Lakers.
Milwaukee shot .544 from the floor. They led 34-21 after one quarter and never looked back.
Jrue Holiday had 22 points and Khris Middleton 20 for the Bucks.
Damian Lillard had 32 points. The Bucks defended well, holding Portland to .364 shooting — the Blazers shot better on 3-pointers, going 21 of 54 (.389), than 2-pointers (15 of 45, .333). CJ McCollum and Robert Covington had 18 points each.
Record night: Antetokounmpo tied Wilt Chamberlain's most 2-point makes (18) without a miss. Wilt did it Feb. 24, 1967.
0-2: Milwaukee beat Portland in both matchups this season.
Bad night: The Portland reserves combined to go 6 of 31 from the floor. Carmelo Anthony was 2 of 12.
Inside power: The Bucks outscored the Blazers 58-24 in the paint, making 29 of 34 shots in close.
Quotable: "Our team was excited for the challenge coming off four wins in a row, and we just got outplayed," Lillard said.
Next up: The Blazers play Oklahoma City at 7 p.m. Saturday at Moda Center.
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