Antetokounmpo made 16 of 24 field goal attempts notching up seven rebounds and six assists in 35 minutes. Milwaukee improved to 12-4 and 9-1 at home.
Bucks guard Jr. Holiday scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, and Grayson Allen added 17 points and eight rebounds. Holiday opened the quarter with a 3-pointer to give the Bucks a 96-79 lead and was Milwaukee’s first nine-pointer of the period.
The Trail Blazers (10-7) Anfernee Simons scored 29 points and Josh Hart scored 17 points. Yusef Nurkic contributed 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Portland lost its third straight game.
Portland led 32-30 after the first quarter while shooting 58.3% from the field (14-of-24).
The teams traded leads eight times in the first half with the Bucks winning 63-61 at halftime. Antetokounmpo stepped over Nurkic for an emphatic dunk but Simons fired a base shot just before the buzzer to cut the gap to two points.
Simmons scored 16 points in the half, Nurkic added 12 points each for Antetokounmpo and Portis added 13 points each for Milwaukee.
Antetokounmpo scored 19 points in the third quarter as the Bucks extended their lead to 93-79 going into the final period.
Trail Blazers: Freshman Shedon Sharp started in place of point guard Damian Lillard, who was out with a muscle strain in his lower right leg. Lillard will be reevaluated in one to two weeks, according to the Trail Blazers. The 19-year-old Sharpe, the seventh overall pick in the 2022 draft, averaged 9.7 points in 15 games. He scored 2 points shooting 1-of-9 in 27 minutes.
Bucks: Pat Connaughton made his season debut after missing Milwaukee’s first 15 games with a right calf injury. “He’s someone we’ve learned to rely on,” said Bucks coach Mike Bodenholzer. Connaughton entered the game at the start of the second quarter and finished with seven points in 16 minutes… Antetokounmpo was listed on the injury report as a potential with calf tightness but was able to play. … Chris Middleton and Wes Matthews had an argument with G-League Wisconsin Herd players earlier Monday. Middleton did not play this season after having ligament surgery on his left wrist, and Matthews missed his third consecutive game with a right hamstring injury. Budenholzer did not give a timeline for their return.
Trail Blazers: Play in Cleveland on Wednesday.
Bucks: Host Chicago on Wednesdays.
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