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Antetokounmpo scores career-high 44, Bucks edge Blazers

MILWAUKEE (AP) After scoring a career-high 44 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo wrote a note on the game ball.

''This is for daddy. We got a win tonight,'' the 22-year-old Milwaukee Bucks player said, remembering his father, Charles, who died last month at age 54.

Antetokounmpo scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, including a dunk that put Milwaukee ahead 111-110 with 11 seconds to go.

After a timeout, Damian Lillard found Jusuf Nurkic running open down the lane, but Antetokounmpo blocked his shot at the basket, sending the 7-foot center crashing to the floor.

Antetokounmpo, starting his fifth NBA season, made 17 of 23 shots with eight rebounds and four assists as Milwaukee kept pace with a Portland team that had dominated its first two opponents. The Bucks star is averaging 38.3 points through three games, up from 22.9 last year, 16.9 in 2015-16 and 12.7 in 2014-15.

''Seventy-nine more. This is just the beginning,'' he said, thinking about how many regular-season games remain.

After Nurkic was rejected at the basket, Khris Middleton was fouled and made both free throws.

''They committed two guys to Dame, so somebody was going to be open,'' Portland coach Terry Stotts said, referring to Lillard. ''Turned out to be Nurk but they made a really good defensive play.''

Lillard scored 26 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter. CJ McCollum also scored 26, and Nurkic had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Tony Snell scored 17 points and Middleton added 16 for Milwaukee.

Portland trailed 108-101 when Nurkic sparked a 9-1 run with a pair of baskets. Lillard made a 3-pointer and then a pair of free throws to put the Blazers ahead 110-109 with 57 seconds left.

''I wish I could replay it, but it's tough when you lose,'' Nurkic said.

Milwaukee used an 11-4 run midway through the fourth quarter to open a 106-99 lead on Malcolm Brogdon's fast-break layup off a bounce pass from Antetokounmpo.

FRUSTRATING EVENING

Portland's Evan Turner spent much of his 32 minutes on the court attempting to guard Antetokounmpo. ''I was comfortable with everything,'' Turner said. ''If I made him take 10 dribbles in the post, made him spin two or three times and he makes the shot, there's nothing you can ask for. He got on a roll, hit some jumpers, had a great night. I guarded him the same way every time.''

BACK AND FORTH

The game had 10 lead changes and was tied 15 times.

DIFFERENT APPROACHES

Portland made 11 of 27 3-point attempts. Milwaukee had 54 points in the paint to the Blazers' 26.

TIP-INS

Trail Blazers: Stotts was the Bucks' coach from 2005-07 and was an assistant from 1998-02.

Bucks: C Greg Monroe's foul on Cleveland G Derrick Rose on Friday night was upgraded by the league to a flagrant 1 from a common foul.

UP NEXT

Trail Blazers: Portland plays its home opener Tuesday against New Orleans.

Bucks: Milwaukee is home against Charlotte on Monday.

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Key Players
D. Lillard
0 G
G. Antetokounmpo
34 F
37.0 Min. Per Game 37.0
35.5 Pts. Per Game 35.5
5.5 Ast. Per Game 5.5
10.5 Reb. Per Game 10.5
45.1 Field Goal % 67.2
50.0 Three Point % 16.7
94.7 Free Throw % 75.0
  Bad pass turnover on Jusuf Nurkic 0:01
+ 1 Khris Middleton made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:03
+ 1 Khris Middleton made 1st of 2 free throws 0:03
  Personal foul on Damian Lillard 0:03
  Defensive rebound by Khris Middleton 0:03
  Jusuf Nurkic missed driving layup 0:04
+ 2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made dunk, assist by Malcolm Brogdon 0:11
  Lost ball turnover on CJ McCollum 0:12
  Defensive rebound by Damian Lillard 0:30
  Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:31
  Team rebound 0:31
Team Stats
Points 110 113
Field Goals 34-80 (42.5%) 42-80 (52.5%)
3-Pointers 11-27 (40.7%) 7-18 (38.9%)
Free Throws 31-35 (88.6%) 22-30 (73.3%)
Total Rebounds 54 41
Offensive 13 7
Defensive 29 27
Team 12 7
Assists 18 22
Steals 10 9
Blocks 6 7
Turnovers 16 14
Fouls 22 23
Technicals 1 1
26 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST
44 PTS, 8 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Trail Blazers 2-1 26292530110
home team logo Bucks 2-1 24362429113
Team Stats
away team logo Trail Blazers 2-1 105.5 PPG 43.5 RPG 19.0 APG
home team logo Bucks 2-1 101.9 PPG 38.6 RPG 22.0 APG
Key Players
D. Lillard G 26.9 PPG 4.5 RPG 6.6 APG 43.9 FG%
G. Antetokounmpo F 26.9 PPG 10.0 RPG 4.8 APG 52.9 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Lillard G 26 PTS 5 REB 4 AST
G. Antetokounmpo F 44 PTS 8 REB 4 AST
42.5 FG% 52.5
40.7 3PT FG% 38.9
88.6 FT% 73.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Lillard 34 26 5 4 4 0 6 5 6/14 3/5 11/12 2 3 37 -5
C. McCollum 37 26 3 1 2 0 2 2 9/18 3/6 5/5 0 3 31 +1
J. Nurkic 31 17 11 3 0 3 2 1 7/17 0/1 3/4 5 6 35 -7
M. Harkless 37 13 3 0 3 0 1 3 5/10 2/4 1/2 0 3 18 +1
A. Aminu 25 5 6 2 0 1 0 1 1/7 1/3 2/2 1 5 16 -1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Lillard 34 26 5 4 4 0 6 5 6/14 3/5 11/12 2 3 37 -5
C. McCollum 37 26 3 1 2 0 2 2 9/18 3/6 5/5 0 3 31 +1
J. Nurkic 31 17 11 3 0 3 2 1 7/17 0/1 3/4 5 6 35 -7
M. Harkless 37 13 3 0 3 0 1 3 5/10 2/4 1/2 0 3 18 +1
A. Aminu 25 5 6 2 0 1 0 1 1/7 1/3 2/2 1 5 16 -1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Turner 32 11 2 7 1 0 2 5 3/7 1/4 4/4 0 2 26 -4
E. Davis 16 6 11 0 0 2 1 4 1/1 0/0 4/4 4 7 18 +4
P. Connaughton 18 3 0 1 0 0 2 1 1/4 1/3 0/0 0 0 3 -2
S. Napier 6 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1/2 0/1 1/2 1 0 4 -2
M. Leonard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Layman - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Vonleh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Wilcox - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Swanigan - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Baldwin IV - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Collins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 110 42 18 10 6 16 22 34/80 11/27 31/35 13 29 188 -15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 39 44 8 4 2 1 2 3 17/23 1/4 9/13 2 6 61 +3
K. Middleton 29 18 6 3 0 0 2 5 6/13 0/1 6/6 0 6 28 +1
T. Snell 34 17 2 1 1 0 2 1 7/8 3/4 0/0 1 1 20 -3
M. Brogdon 30 13 1 6 4 0 2 2 5/14 0/0 3/4 1 0 28 +5
T. Maker 18 3 3 2 1 1 2 5 0/3 0/2 3/4 0 3 10 -6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 39 44 8 4 2 1 2 3 17/23 1/4 9/13 2 6 61 +3
K. Middleton 29 18 6 3 0 0 2 5 6/13 0/1 6/6 0 6 28 +1
T. Snell 34 17 2 1 1 0 2 1 7/8 3/4 0/0 1 1 20 -3
M. Brogdon 30 13 1 6 4 0 2 2 5/14 0/0 3/4 1 0 28 +5
T. Maker 18 3 3 2 1 1 2 5 0/3 0/2 3/4 0 3 10 -6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Teletovic 16 9 2 0 1 1 0 2 3/4 3/4 0/0 0 2 13 +3
J. Henson 24 7 9 0 0 3 2 4 3/5 0/0 1/2 3 6 17 +11
M. Dellavedova 16 2 2 4 0 0 1 0 1/5 0/2 0/1 0 2 11 -1
J. Terry 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 4 -5
D. Liggins 18 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 1 +10
G. Monroe 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/3 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -3
J. Bolomboy - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Parker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Vaughn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Payton II - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 113 34 22 9 7 14 23 42/80 7/18 22/30 7 27 193 +15