A struggle for the Blazers
The Trail Blazers had seemed to hit their stride over the last 10 games, riding the offensive talents of Damian Lillard to an NBA-best 8-2 record, including 4-1 on their recently concluded road trip.
Then the Milwaukee Bucks came to town.
The Bucks play some of the best defense in the NBA, which paid dividends in a 93-90 victory Tuesday night at Moda Center.
Lillard, the freshly named Western Conference Player of the Week, bombed in 31 points. But he was only 2 for 9 from 3-point range, and the Blazers only 4 for 21, as big a reason as any for the final outcome. Both teams shot .422 from the field, but Milwaukee was 7 for 16 from beyond the arc.
"We focused on trying to take the 3 out of their game and have them make tough 2's," Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd said. "The guys executed the game plan well."
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