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Instant Analysis: Milwaukee Bucks steamroll shorthanded Trail Blazers

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Portland started Monday's game 5-of-7 from the field including 4-for-4 from deep.

But the bad news for the Trail Blazers:

Milwaukee caught fire too and stayed that way all night long.

After taking a 46-36 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Bucks started to take control midway in the second quarter on their way to a 134-106 victory.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was initially listed as probable with a right knee contusion, led the charge for the Bucks alongside his point guard Jrue Holiday.

The duo combined for 26 points in the first half.  Bobby Portis added 15 off the bench in the first half.

For the Blazers, Nassir Little started at small forward in place of the injured Derrick Jones Jr. (left foot sprain).

 

Coach Stotts said pregame that Jones Jr. “is feeling better” and he hopes that his starting three will be able to play at some point this week before the Blazers head back to Portland after Saturday’s game in New York.

FINAL BOX SCORE: Bucks 134, Trail Blazers 106

A blowout loss meant that Portlands starters did not play their usual starter minutes while they sat out during garbage time in the final period as the Blazers will now head to Washington D.C. to take on the Wizards in the second leg of a back-to-back.

The Good: 

Portland saw early contributions from Gary Trent Jr. and Nassir Little from behind the arc and in extra effort plays.

As a starter Little was bringing the energy from the jump. He was active on both ends and on the glass battling for position down low to fight for a rebound in his best game of his career.

Little notched nine points and five rebounds in the first half.

After just two minutes into the third quarter, Little knocked down his third three of the game, which also meant he was Portlands leading scorer at that point in the game with 14.

The 20-year-old finished with a career-high 30 points on an efficient 11-of-18 shooting to go along with six rebounds, one assist, and two blocks.

The Bad: 

Portland gave up the most points in a half this season with 79.

Milwaukee showed why they are the number one offensive team in the league and they did it with ease.

 

Whether it was man or zone, the Blazersdefense looked disjointed and with the team not being on the same page on that end, Milwaukee took advantage. As playmakers Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton found their teammates and their own buckets.

The Highlight:

Trail Blazers second-year player Nassir Little did a little bit of everything on both ends:

The Stat: 

The Bucks shot an efficient 61.9 percent from three-point range in the first half to take a demanding 79-56 lead at halftime.

Next up: Portland continues its six-game road trip Tuesday night in Washington. The Blazers and Wizards tip-off at 5:00p.m. PST on NBCSNW.