The city of Milwaukee loves Bobby Portis.
Portis, who built his Bucks legacy with his high energy and underdog mentality during the team’s championship run last season, has been showing that love back on the court.
The 26-year-old has started Milwaukee’s last eight contests and has posted double-doubles in half of those, including the last two. During the Bucks’ 117-108 win over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night, Portis knocked down six 3-pointers on seven attempts, matching a career best, and totaled 24 points and a season-high 15 rebounds.
The 3-point barrage didn’t come out of nowhere. In 10 games this month, Portis has drained at least one triple in all but one contest and is knocking 3-pointers down at a 46.7% clip (21 of 45). Only four other players with 40+ attempts from deep have a better 3-point percentage in November -- Los Angeles Clippers forward Nicolas Batum (51.9%), Atlanta’s Kevin Huerter (48.8%), Chicago’s Lonzo Ball (48.0%) and Orlando’s Wendell Carter Jr. (47.6%).
Also guiding the Bucks to a win over the Magic on Saturday was, of course, Giannis Antetokounmpo with 32 points, 20 rebounds and five assists. The 35 combined rebounds by Antetokounmpo and Portis are the most for any pair of teammates in the NBA this season, besting 34 by Philadelphia’s Andre Drummond and Tyrese Maxey against the New York Knicks on Nov. 8.
Antetokounmpo and Portis also combined for 32 on Friday night against Oklahoma City, tied for the third-most rebounds for a pair of teammates in 2020-21.
As he does so often, the “Greek Freak” broke another record Saturday night. He collected those 32 points, 20 rebounds and five assists in just 30:22 on the floor. It was the fewest minutes on the court for any player with at least 30+ points, 20+ rebounds and 5+ assists since the 1982-83 season.
Antetokounmpo now has three of the top five performances on that list, reaching those numbers in 34:55 and 34:56 during two contests in the 2019-20 campaign, his first MVP season.
Winners of three straight, the Bucks (9-8) host the Magic (4-13) once again at Fiserv Forum. Milwaukee has won its last eight games against Orlando with the biggest factor in the streak being rebounding -- the Bucks have averaged nearly 15 more boards per game than Orlando in that span.
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Statistics courtesy Sportradar