Damian Lillard ‘s debut with the Milwaukee Bucks couldn’t have been more successful. The team already boasted the star Giannis Antetokounmpo, but the arrival of the veteran from the Portland Trail Blazers was seen as a crucial element to boost the team’s offensive performance. Lillard shone with 39 points in the game against the Philadelphia 76ers, surpassing Giannis’s “mere” 23 points. His scoring marked the highest debut for the Bucks since 1984 when Terry Cummings started with 34 points. The Bucks secured a narrow one-point victory (118-117), confirming the notion that the reinforcement came to further strengthen Milwaukee’s favoritism in the Eastern Conference.
Lillard spent 37 minutes and 13 seconds on the court out of the total 48 minutes of the game, contributing eight rebounds, four assists, and a turnover-free performance. He also made the decisive three-point shot that ensured the team’s victory. Antetokounmpo was the second leading scorer with 23 points, along with 13 rebounds. However, his performance had some downsides, including seven turnovers and a field goal percentage of only 45.5%, below his career average, which is around 54%.
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