MILWAUKEE banked on a strong third quarter surge and survived Portland’s hot shooting from deep as the Bucks came away with a 115-107 victory to snap the Blazers three-game win streak on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time) at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
The Bucks turned a 7-point deficit at the half to an 85-76 lead into the fourth after outscoring the Blazers 34-18 in the third quarter. Milwaukee still held a 101-90 advantage at the 5:26 mark of the final frame, before Portland knocked down three of their season-high 17 triples in a row to cut the gap to two, 101-99, in a span of a little over a minute.
Milwaukee countered with six unanswered points and Giannis Antetokounmpo nailed crucial free throws and had key stops late to preserve the win.
Jabari Parker led the Bucks in scoring with 27 points, while Antetokounmpo posted his second triple-double of the season and seventh of his career with 15 markers, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. The Greek Freak added four blocks and two steals to his impressive tally.
Matthew Dellavedova also made some clutch hits and finished with 17 for Milwaukee, who have won five of its last six outings to improve to 11-9. Greg Monroe, Malcolm Brogdon, and Michael Beasley combined for 30 points off the bench.
Damian Lillard led all scorers with 30 points, mostly in the first three quarters as he turned cold for the Blazers in the fourth period. He also knocked down five threes, while CJ McCollum and Allen Crabbe each drilled four treys to finish with 23 and 14 markers, respectively. Portland fell to 12-11.