‣ The Milwaukee Bucks made a historic 26-point recovery against Damian Lillard’s former team, marking their largest second-half comeback in franchise history.
‣ Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks to victory, expressing pride in his team’s resilience and calling for accountability to avoid such large deficits in future games.
‣ Despite the impressive comeback, the Bucks’ performance was not stellar on the offensive end, relying heavily on their superstars, Antetokounmpo and Lillard. Antetokounmpo ended the game with 33 points, 16 rebounds, and 6 assists, surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s franchise record.
I’m extremely proud of the group tonight. No matter if we face adversity we can come back and win the game. That’s a good habit we are building now 💪🏾💪🏾
— Giannis Antetokounmpo (@Giannis_An34)
Damian Lillard finally had a game against his old team. Yet, this Sunday showdown will be remembered more for the Bucks’ stunning comeback, culminating in a 108-102 victory.
Milwaukee’s 26-point recovery wasn’t just the biggest of this season. It also marked their largest second-half comeback in franchise history. Giannis Antetokounmpo, the team’s star player, had a few words after leading the Bucks to victory.
“We sometimes make it tough on ourselves,” he admitted. “Being down 26 and then trying to win? That’s hard on the body. But I’m glad we won. I’m proud of the guys for keeping their heads up.”
Giannis shared his pride on Twitter, too. He wrote, “I’m extremely proud of the group tonight. No matter if we face adversity we can come back and win the game. That’s a good habit we are building now.”
He also made a point about accountability. “We’ve shown we can do something like this, so now we have to hold ourselves accountable. We shouldn’t be down 26. We should make the other team call the first timeout. We should assert ourselves in the first five minutes. I know we can do that as a team, and I hold myself, my teammates, and everyone else to high standards.”
The Trail Blazers seemed to have control at the start of the match. They were capitalizing on Milwaukee’s mistakes and had a double-digit lead at halftime. They were 26 points ahead early in the third quarter, thanks to their three-pointers.
But then, they stopped scoring. The Bucks pushed back. They went from 81-55 with 9 minutes left in the third, to only adding 21 more points and turning the ball over seven times until the end of the match.
“From the third quarter after the timeout, we made them feel uncomfortable,” Giannis said. “We made them go one-on-one. We were guarding, moving our feet, being physical.”
Despite the historic comeback, Milwaukee didn’t play great. They relied on their superstars to keep them out of trouble and beat Portland. They depended on getting to the free throw line and watching Antetokounmpo and Lillard combine for all 32 of the team’s attempts.
By the end of the game, The Greek Freak had 33 points, 16 rebounds, and 6 assists. This made him surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most matches with 30 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists in franchise history. He’s achieved this 106 times in his career.
“He’s one of the greatest players to play this game, and he showed it tonight,” said Milwaukee head coach Adrian Griffin. “What can I say? He’s an incredible leader, just has a great will to win and willing to do whatever it takes.”