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Lillard scores season-high 45 to spark Bucks over Pistons

By AFP - Jan 21,2024 - Last updated at Jan 21,2024

WASHINGTON — Damian Lillard scored a season-high 45 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 31 to lead the Milwaukee Bucks over NBA doormat Detroit 141-135 on Sunday.

Lillard, who arrived from Portland in a pre-season trade, had 11 assists and made 12-of-22 shots from the floor, 5-of-11 from 3-point range, and hit all 16 of his free throw attempts.”When the game started, I felt like I had a good warm-up, a good rhythm to the game,” Lillard said. “Saw a couple shots go in and I just felt good.”

Lillard became the first player in Bucks history with 40 or more points, 10 or more 10 assists and five 3-pointers in a single game and did so three nights after Milwaukee was thumped 135-95 at Cleveland.

“I knew it was an important game. I picked my spots. I moved the ball when I needed to move it. I attacked when I needed to attack,” Lillard said.

Greek star Antetokounmpo added 10 rebounds, nine assists, two steals and a blocked shot while Brook Lopez had 19 points and 10 rebounds for visiting Milwaukee. The Bucks improved to 29-13, moving within three games of NBA overall leader Boston for the Eastern Conference lead.

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