NBA Game Summary - Portland at Milwaukee|
(Tuesday, March 19th)
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Monta Ellis registered 21 points, nine
rebounds and eight assists, as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Portland Trail
Blazers, 102-95, on Tuesday.
Brandon Jennings had a team-high 24 points along with seven assists for the
Bucks, who have won two in a row since a three-game slide.
Samuel Dalembert added 16 points and seven rebounds, while J.J. Redick scored
14 points off the bench and Larry Sanders recorded eight points and 13
rebounds in the victory.
Wesley Matthews had a game-high 28 points on 10-of-20 shooting for the Trail
Blazers, who lost their second straight game. LaMarcus Aldridge had 21
points and 15 rebounds and Nicolas Batum tallied 15 points.
"We didn't play well," Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said. "It wasn't good
Entering the second quarter, the Bucks had a 27-23 edge. However, Milwaukee
began the period on a 16-0 run to take a 20-point lead with 6:40 remaining.
J.J. Hickson finally stopped the bleeding with a pair of free throws with 6:03
to go, but Portland found it difficult to come back.
Portland mustered just eight points on 10 percent shooting in the quarter.
The Bucks finished the first half on an 11-2 spurt, capped by a 3-pointer by
Jennings, and they would lead 58-31 at halftime.
Portland improved in the third, outscoring the Bucks by a 26-19 count and
shooting 45.5 percent from the field. Aldridge scored 10 points in the frame.
However, Portland was still down 77-57 entering the fourth quarter.
Aldridge scored another 11 points in the final period, and the Blazers scored
38 on 70 percent shooting. They got within seven at 100-93, with 1:32 left,
but it was too little and too late.
"I liked our focus in the first half. I thought we slipped a little bit in the
second half, but I feel like there's something for us to build on," Bucks head
coach Jim Boylan said.
Matthews connected on a career-high seven 3-pointers ... Dalembert scored 10
points in the first quarter ... Portland failed to score a fastbreak point ...
Milwaukee swept Portland in the season series for the second straight season
... Portland is 13-14 against Eastern Conference teams.
03/20 00:58:34 ET