Brandon Jennings learned something from playing his idol last Tuesday night.
Kobe Bryant picked up Jennings defensively in the backcourt, 94 feet away from the basket. Knowing how much Bryant's constant harassing defense impacted him, Jennings thought he'd give it a try.
Jennings set the defensive tone from the start Saturday night and also scored 30 points as the Milwaukee Bucks built a big lead and held off a furious comeback attempt by Portland in a 110-104 victory.
The win gave the Bucks a 3-1 record on their longest road trip of the season and marked the first time since 2001 that Milwaukee finished a trip of four or more games with a winning record. Five days before All-Star reserves are named, Jennings put his best foot forward against the Trail Blazers. His early energy sparked Milwaukee on a 17-0 run in the first quarter to build a 30-12 lead.
He added eight assists and scored his 30 points on 9 of 20 shooting, making 12 of 15 free throws. The only negative was that...