Bucks' Win & Damian Lillard Debuts With 39 Pts.

Since the Bucks made the headlines a month ago when they acquired Damian Lillard in a blockbuster trade

they have pushed their newest star to be authentic on the court, especially when it comes to taking charge late in games.

Thus, Thursday night's Lillard debut for the Bucks went just how the team had planned.

In his debut game with the team, he scored 39 points, setting a record.

He also scored the team's final 11 points in the fourth quarter

helping Milwaukee defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 118-117 to start the season.

"I've had enough conversations with guys, especially with Giannis, that I came in knowing what was expected of me," Lillard said.

"They're encouraging me to be the person to take control, make decisions and decide what's going to happen in those moments."

When Lillard took over with four minutes left, Milwaukee was behind 104-102.

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