Giannis Antetokounmpo shoots 85%, scores 47 in Portland Trail Blazers win

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 47 points and missed just three shots as the Milwaukee Bucks snapped the Portland Trail Blazers’ four-game winning streak with a 127-109 victory Friday night.

Jrue Holiday added 22 points and 10 assists for the Bucks, who led by 24 points during the third quarter.

The game featured two of the league’s best scorers: Damian Lillard averaging 29.8 points, second in the NBA, while Antetokounmpo entered fifth with 28.3.

But Antetokounmpo had a hot hand on Friday, making his 18 shots inside the 3-point arc. He ties Wilt Chamberlain for the most 2-point field goals made without fail, according to ESPN Statistics and Information.

An early 11-0 run helped the Bucks jump to a 19-7 lead. Milwaukee led by 14 points during the first half, but the Blazers closed the gap to 60-53 before heading into halftime.

Lillard’s 3-pointer put Portland within 60-58 early in the fourth quarter, but the Bucks didn’t let the Blazers get any closer. Holiday’s basket extended Milwaukee’s lead to 86-70, and the Bucks capped the fourth with an 11-1 run.

The Bucks dominated in the paint all night, and none other than the two-time MVP. Antetokounmpo outscored the Trail Blazers 47-46 from two-point range and the free throw line, the first player to accomplish that feat, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The Blazers’ bench struggled, going 0-for-16 from the field during the first three quarters. Anfernee Simons hit a 3-pointer early in the quarter to end the drought.

Milwaukee was coming off a 112-97 win at the Lakers on Wednesday, snapping a three-game losing streak.

Associated Press contributed to this report.


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