A trip to face the Milwaukee Bucks went about as bad for the Portland Trail Blazers as it could have.
The Bucks took an early 26-7 lead, and never trailed as the Blazers fell, 143-100. The 43 point defeat is their worst of the season, and their worst since a 25 point loss in Toronto last season. Damian Lillard had 22 points, Jusuf Nurkic had 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting, but Portland had no answer for The Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 33 points, 16 rebounds, and 9 assists.
Here are tonight’s takeaways:
- Annihilation From the Word Go: Milwaukee started the game on fire, and Portland’s shooters kicked off the affair ice cold. The Blazers shot just 9-of-42 from three, with Al-Farouq Aminu getting the dishonorable mention, shooting 0-of-9 from deep.
- Weakness on the Glass: Milwaukee out-rebounded the Blazers 59-39, with Khris Middleton snaring seven rebounds, and Eric Bledsoe grabbing six. Aminu paced the Blazers with 9 boards, but the struggles on the glass were real.
- Mo Harkless Returns: Harkless came back to the Blazers after missing the last twelve games with an injury. He looked rusty, shooting 1-of-5 from the field and 0-of-4 from three in 13 minutes.
The Blazers’ six-game road trip mercifully ends Friday night in Oakland against the Warriors.