CJ McCollum scored 40 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat Milwaukee 118-103 on Tuesday night, handing the Bucks their second loss in 10 games this season.

McCollum, who entered shooting well below his career averages, went 17 for 26 from the field and added six assists. Evan Turner had 16 points and 11 rebounds off the bench for the Blazers (8-3).

Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 23 points and nine rebounds. Brook Lopez shot 6 for 10 from 3-point range and finished with 22 points.

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, left, drives to the basket as Milwaukee Bucks guard Tony Snell defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola)
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, left, drives to the basket as Milwaukee Bucks guard Tony Snell defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola)

In the third quarter, McCollum put on a show. He scored 19 points and made Bucks rookie guard Donte DiVincenzo fall down on a crossover move before hitting a basket, sending the crowd into a frenzy.

Portland led by 14 after three.

The game began with a fast pace that carried on throughout in a meeting between two of the top five offenses in the NBA.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, looks to pass as Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu, left, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola)
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, looks to pass as Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu, left, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola)

Portland outscored the Bucks 33-31 in the first quarter as both teams shot better than 50 percent from the floor and the 3-point line.

TIP-INS

Bucks: With new coach Mike Budenholzer in charge, Milwaukee is playing a much different style this season. After being a bottom-five team in 3-point attempts last season, the Bucks came in second in the NBA in 3-point tries with 41 per game. That included their 117-113 loss at Boston in which they put up 55 3-pointers. “Yeah, it’s a lot,” Budenholzer said. “The game is always evolving with teams, coaches and players trying to figure out what gives them the best chance. The skill of players now today is special, so trying to push that envelope.”

Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe, center, makes a pass as Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu, left, and center Jusuf Nurkic, right defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola)
Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe, center, makes a pass as Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu, left, and center Jusuf Nurkic, right defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola)

Trail Blazers: One of the biggest changes for the Trail Blazers this season has been utilizing Turner as the primary ball-handler on their second unit. The results have led to one of the best bench units in the NBA so far, ranking ninth in scoring. “The second unit comes in, their ball movement, their execution — they’re playing with each other,” Budenholzer said. “They take advantage if the defense overcommits or over-rotates. They’re playing really well together. Evan Turner is kind of a great setup guy with that group. It’s interesting to see how they’ve changed a little bit and how it’s working for them.”

UP NEXT

Bucks: At the Golden State Warriors on Thursday.

Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez, right, shoots as Portland Trail Blazers forward Meyers Leonard, left, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola)
Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez, right, shoots as Portland Trail Blazers forward Meyers Leonard, left, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola)

Trail Blazers: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.

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Source: The Associated Press

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