Lopez's hot night helped the Bucks shoot 57 percent from the floor, as the big man tied an NBA record for most three-pointers by a seven-footer in history. His big night helped the Bucks snap an eight-game losing streak in Denver. He tied the mark set by fellow seven-footers Lauri Markannen last January and Dirk Nowitzki in 2004. Giannis Antetokounmpo chipped in 22 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists, while Khris Middleton added 21 points, and Malcolm Brogdon finished with 20.
After a hot start, the Nuggets have now dropped three in a row, falling to 9-4 on the season after a 9-1 start. Paul Millsap led the Nuggets with 25 points, while Nikola Jokic had 20 in a losing effort. The best part of what they allowed Lopez to do is that the big man never made a three-point shot in his first six seasons in the NBA. His Bucks will return home on Wednesday to host the Memphis Girzzlies. The Nuggets will stay home to battle the Houston Rockets on Tuesday.
Another fun showdown saw the Portland Trail Blazers host the Boston Celtics, and it was the now second-place in the west Blazers who came away with the win. Damian Lillard had a double-double of 19 points and 12 assists in Portland's 100-94 win over the Celtics. The win for the Blazers is their fourth in a row, as they've also won seven of their past eight contests. Jusuf Nurkic contributed a double-double with 18 points and 17 rebounds, helping the Blazers improve to 10-3 on the year.
Jayson Tatum tied a regular season career high with 27 points, while Kyrie Irving had 21 for the Celtics, who are 4-5 away from home and 7-6 overall. They finished their current road trip at 1-4, despite rallying from a 21-point deficit in this one. They tied the game at 86 in the third quarter with a 13-2 run, but Boston never led in the second half.
Al-Farouq Aminu chipped in 11 points and nine rebounds, a majority of which came down the stretch to keep the Blazers ahead at home. Boston could not take advantage of having Irving back after he missed Friday's loss in Utah due to personal reasons. The Celtics will get back home on Wednesday to face the Chicago Bulls. The Blazers will head further west to do battle with LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers that same night.