Bucks' Portis emerges as fan favorite with blue-collar style

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bobby Portis says he turned down more lucrative offers to sign with the Milwaukee Bucks in the offseason because he wanted to play for a winner and experience a deep playoff run.

The reassurance that he made the right decision came every time a frenzied Fiserv Forum crowd chanted his name.

Portis took injured two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo's spot in the starting lineup Thursday and collected 22 points in a 123-112 Game 5 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

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