The four-game journey begins with a loss of dollars

By | November 22, 2022

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks had their greatest participant in uniform Monday night time, not the Portland Path Blazers. And it confirmed within the end result.

The Path Blazers, enjoying with out Damian Lillard (proper soleus pressure) managed to remain inside hanging distance of the Bucks for many of the night time earlier than falling 119-111 in entrance of a sold-out crowd of 17,341 on Monday night time at Fiserv Discussion board.

“I believe the hassle was good, we fought laborious within the sport,” Path Blazers head coach Chaucney Billups mentioned. “We bought fairly good manufacturing from everybody, all of them got here to play. We gave ourselves an opportunity towards a very good crew. Clearly quite a bit is lacking when Queen is out, either side of the sphere and your chief, your chief is lacking there. However for essentially the most half, I, I assumed it was a very good effort.

The Path Blazers are actually 10-7 total and 6-3 on the highway this season. Portland has now misplaced three in a row and 4 of its final 5 video games.

Regardless of lacking 4 of their first 5 makes an attempt, the Path Blazers had been in a position to maintain on to the Bucks, the NBA’s second-best document holders, within the first half. Portland managed to shoot 58% from the sphere within the first quarter to take a two-point lead within the second.

Though they had been unable to search out their three-point shot for many of the night time, Portland’s sizzling shot from contained in the arc would proceed, with Anfernee Simons scoring 11 factors within the second quarter to assist the guests to enter halftime with solely two.

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Nevertheless, after successful the primary quarter and being outscored by simply 4 factors within the second, the Blazers struggled to attain – they posted simply 18 factors on 25% capturing from the sphere and 0 on 6 of three capturing — and cease the Bucks from doing the identical — Milwaukee went 12 of 20 from the sphere — within the third quarter. After eight lead adjustments, eight attracts and no crew holding a lead higher than seven within the first half, the Bucks, trailing 19 factors from Giannis Antetokounmpo, took management within the third.

“The third quarter actually, actually damage us, particularly on the finish,” Billups mentioned. “The final three or 4 minutes had been robust, we struggled to actually rating.”

However Portland, as they’ve performed all season, refused to go down quietly. Though they by no means managed to shut the deficit to eight, they did simply sufficient for Milwaukee to win it in fourth.

“I believe we competed nicely, performed laborious, did not hand over till the final second,” Simons mentioned. “So I believe it is optimistic. We compete each night time giving ourselves the very best probability to win and I believe that is all we are able to ask for.

Simons led Portland with 29 factors on 12 of 23 capturing from the sphere to go together with 5 assists, 4 rebounds and a steal in 37 minutes. Jerami Grant went for 18 factors, 4 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 35 minutes.

Jusuf Nurkic, who scored Portland’s first seven factors on Monday night time, completed with a double-double of 16 factors and 10 rebounds whereas additionally doling out three assists. Josh Hart practically had a double-double, scoring 17 factors on 9 photographs whereas grabbing 9 rebounds in practically 40 minutes.

Trendon Watford had 10 factors, 4 rebounds, an help and a steal in 12 minutes off the bench.

Antetokounmpo led all scorers with 37 factors whereas including seven rebounds, six assists and two steals in 35 minutes. Grayson Allen and Jrue Vacation every completed with 17.

Subsequent, the Path Blazers journey to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers, a crew with the fourth-best document within the NBA, on Wednesday night time. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.