Damian Lillard’s much-anticipated debut with the Milwaukee Bucks proved a dazzling success as the seasoned guard led his team to a narrow 118-117 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night, marking an impressive start to his journey with the Bucks.

The seven-time All-NBA guard’s seamless integration into the Bucks’ gameplay was evident as he notched up an impressive 39 points, setting the pace for a game characterized by relentless back-and-forth action and a nail-biting finish.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, a cornerstone of the Bucks’ roster, contributed significantly with 23 points and 13 rebounds, reinforcing the team’s resolve to secure a strong start to the season.

Despite a spirited performance from the 76ers, with notable contributions from Tyrese Maxey (31 points), Kelly Oubre Jr. (27 points), and Joel Embiid (24 points), Lillard’s proficiency on the court ultimately guided the Bucks to a hard-fought triumph.