Giannis' triple-double leads Bucks to win

Giannis Antetokounmpo dominated as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA

Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded 24 points, 19 rebounds and a career-high 15 assists as the host Milwaukee Bucks posted a 137-129 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

The triple-double was the second of the season for Antetokounmpo, who collected 30 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in Milwaukee's 117-111 win at Houston last month.

Eric Bledsoe scored 30 points and Pat Connaughton added a season-high 18 to help the Bucks notch their season-high sixth straight win and 10th in 11 outings.

CJ McCollum highlighted his 37-point performance by making five 3-pointers, and Skal Labissiere added 22 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks for the Trail Blazers, who were without four-time All-Star Damian Lillard (back) for the second consecutive contest.

Carmelo Anthony scored 10 of his 18 points in the first half while playing in his second game with Portland after a year away from the NBA.

Milwaukee opened Thursday's contest by making their first seven shots -- including three from 3-point range -- to seize a 17-6 lead before Portland answered with a 12-2 run of their own.

The Bucks bounced back as all nine players found the scoresheet to lift the team to a 37-27 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

Milwaukee boosted their advantage to 19 points midway into the second quarter and claimed a 72-58 lead at intermission, marking an NBA-best seventh time that it has scored at least 70 points in a half.

In Phoenix, Brandon Ingram scored 15 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and JJ Redick scored 26 points to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 124-121 win over the Suns.

Jrue Holiday had 23 points and nine assists for the Pelicans, who earned their third straight win. E'Twaun Moore added a season-high 19 points.

Kelly Oubre Jnr. led Phoenix with 25 points in their third consecutive loss.

Devin Booker also had 19 for the short-handed Suns, who were without Australian centre Aron Baynes and point guard Ricky Rubio.