The Milwaukee Bucks exacted their revenge on the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday night as they laid down a 43-point drubbing on the team who entered the night leading the West to earn their third straight victory.
If you thought that the effects of tryptophan had caused you to believe the Milwaukee Bucks completely carved the Portland Trail Blazers to a 143-100 victory Wednesday night, I’m here to say no helping of turkey was needed to see such a thing.
Playing in front of a sold-out crowd at Fiserv Forum, the Bucks got right down to work to open up the proceedings, given that they held a double-digit lead over the Blazers at the 6:29 mark of the first quarter. While the Blazers did their best to cut their deficit down in the latter minutes of the period, the Bucks still held a 31-20 lead after one.
The Bucks’ control of the contest ballooned over the course of the second quarter as they fully played to their offensive strengths, which was spearheaded by many players within their starting unit.
Powered by their 41-point quarter, the Bucks took a 72-50 lead heading into halftime.
Showing no signs of slowing down throughout the third quarter, the Bucks were able to extend their lead into the 30-point range at the 1:13 mark of the period, which gave them a 109-79 lead after three.
For the final frame, Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer turned to his end of the bench players to clean up and finish out the final 12 minutes of the night. That led to some memorable cameos from both big man Christian Wood, who put up 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field and two-way player Jaylen Morris, who scored his first points as a Buck and was a perfect 3-of-3 from the field for the night.
So without further ado, let’s dig into the Bucks’ win over the Portland Trail Blazers, starting with taking a look at the dominant play from one Giannis Antetokounmpo.