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Trail Blazers "got out played" in blowout loss to Milwaukee Bucks

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It was Giannis Antetokounmpo’s world, or more specifically it was Giannis' paint and the Blazers were just living in it Friday night.

The two-time MVP notched 47 points, 12 rebounds, and two assists in the Bucks’ 127-109 victory over the Blazers to snap Portland’s four-game winning streak.  

And while Giannis made a living in the paint, the Blazers couldn’t buy a basket down low.  

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The Bucks outscored the Blazers in the paint, 58-24.  

And despite Damian Lillard's efficient scoring, the Blazers struggled to keep pace with the Bucks 54.4 percent shooting.

 

Antetokounmpo had his way with Portland hitting 18 of his 21 field goal attempts.

Yes, just three missed shots all night.

It was quite the opposite for everyone on the Blazers roster not named Lillard, CJ McCollum, or Robert Covington.

“I think our team was excited for the challenge, coming off four wins in a row and we just got out played,” Lillard said following the loss.

For the game, the Blazers shot 36.4 percent from the field, but were able to sink 38.9 percent from deep after making 21-of-54 attempts.

Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts didn’t believe Portland's overall poor shooting night had everything to do with the size and talent of the Bucks’ defenders.

They’ve been a solid defensive team, but honestly I thought we got a lot of good threes. We took 50-some threes and I thought most of them were pretty good.

Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts

“Matter of fact we shot better from three than we did in the paint. So I don’t know if their length and atheism bothered our shots at the rim and in the paint, but hats off to them that they’re solid.”

While Lillard explained that the Bucks two-time MVP’s God-given talents make him tough to stop, Lillard also had a message following the blowout loss as the Blazers get set to face the Oklahoma City Thunder Saturday.

You don’t want to let one loss turn into two. It’s a game that we’ve got to have… Tomorrow is huge. We’ve got to get that one.

Damian Lillard

Following Saturday’s contest, the Blazers will once again be tested in a big way visiting the Clippers and Jazz next week.

Lillard acknowledged just that.

“Starting the month of like this and this being the second part of the season, this is going to be a test for us just to see if we can put it together against the best teams in the league and do the things that we need to do to be able to compete at that level.”