Milwaukee executes its game plan, and Portland shoots poorly and is 'disappointed to lose'

TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - The Milwaukee Bucks defense tries to put the clamps on Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum.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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