Carmelo Anthony better, but Portland can’t compete with monster Giannis Antetokounmpo triple-double

Carmelo Anthony’s second game with the Portland Trail Blazers was better than his first.

But it wasn’t enough for the shorthanded Trail Blazers to compete with a massive triple-double from Giannis Antetokounmpo in a 137-129 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.

Antetokounmpo struggled from the field but filled up the box score with 24 points, 19 rebounds and a career-high 15 assists. That he hit just 9-of-27 shots from the field mattered little as he contributed elsewhere.

Eric Bledsoe continued to thrive in Khris Middleton’s absence, posting 30 points, six assists and four rebounds in the win.

Carmelo Anthony improves on rusty Portland debut

Anthony, coming off a rusty debut against the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday that saw him post a minus-20 in the plus/minus column, was notably better against the Bucks.

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