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Giannis Antetokounmpo went all out for this one, terrorizing the New Orleans Pelicans with 42 points as the Milwaukee Bucks opened their road trip with a 128-119 victory.

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A wildly prolific first quarter for Jonas Valanciunas propelled the Pelicans offensively, scoring 15 of his own, but the Bucks responded with a balanced attack to take a 30-27 lead. Joe Ingles made his Bucks debut with just under a minute left in the quarter. Giannis saw what Choo-Choo was doing and felt he had to step up his game, capped by his 26 first-half points (Jonas had 28) while Milwaukee led 66-61.

Brook Lopez appeared to be tired of being held off the high scoring parade and scored 13 of his own in the third as the Bucks extended their lead to 100-90 midway through the third. The Pelicans bounced back with a few points with Zion Williamson finally finding their rhythm. But with the Pels within three, Jrue made a cool triple to extend the lead, and Brook’s next bucket iced it. Lopez finished with a season-high 30.

A statistic that stood out

The Bucks came into this game knowing full well that while the Pelicans had some decent perimeter defensive options, there was still a sideline. They attacked them inside relentlessly, shooting 23-25 ​​at the rim compared to the Pelicans’ pitiful 16-33. For Milwaukee, that combination offset just under 30% 3-point shooting (13-40).

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