Although it is his first official regular season game with his new team, Damian Lillard led the Bucks against the Harden-less Sixers. He played as if he was still with the Trailblazers. Also, he scored 39 points that helped Milwaukee edge Philadelphia by a point in their season opener.
Lillard scored more points in his first game with the Bucks than anybody else. He also beat Terry Cummings’ 1984 record of 34.
Giannis Antetokounmpo surpassed Kosta Koufos as the franchise’s all-time scoring leader with 23 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 of 22 shooting from the field. While playing with the Bucks from 1969–1975, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored 5,902 points, while Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 5,905.
According to the best pay per head bookie, Tyrese Maxey led the 76ers in scoring with 31 points. Kelly Oubre Jr had 27 and Joel Embiid had 24. Milwaukee acquired Lillard from Portland in the summer after trading away Grayson Allen, Jrue Holiday, and a large amount of draft money.
Damian Lillard Led the Bucks Against the Sixers
Lillard saved Milwaukee’s season on many occasions down the stretch and ended the game with 11 points. With 3:41 to go, Lillard hit a 3-pointer to give the Bucks a 105-104 lead they would not relinquish. After missing a shot, Antetokounmpo grabbed an offensive rebound and quickly found Lillard free beyond the arc.
With 2:45 left, Milwaukee had a nine-point advantage thanks to his shot, which sparked an 11-0 run. According to a sportsbook pay per head blog, the Sixers scored seven unanswered points to cut the lead to two. However, Lillard extended the lead to four with a 3-pointer at the 1:13 mark.
With 11.5 seconds remaining, Lillard drove to the hoop, was fouled, and hit both free throws to seal the win after Tobias Harris had tied the game with a 3-pointer. Lillard shot 17 free throws and made them all.
Griffin, making his first start as head coach, had to go up against his predecessor. Griffin worked under current Philadelphia 76ers head coach Nick Nurse during his five years as an assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors.
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