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Portland returns home with loss to Milwaukee

  1. Written by: KevinHudson  / avg. rating: 4.0

    The Portland Trail Blazers dropped their second consecutive game Tuesday, falling 116-87 to the Milwaukee Bucks in front of 20,387 at the Rose Garden.

    Portland (21-25) held a 5-point lead, 20-15, midway through the first but would be held to just one basket - a Wesley Matthews three-pointer - over the final four minutes of the period as the Bucks came back to lead 25-23 headed into the second quarter.

    Milwaukee (21-24) never trailed again, extending the lead to 16 in the second period and 23 in the third period before extending for the 29-point final margin.

    The win was the first for Milwaukee in Portland in exactly six years, the last coming 100-89, March 20, 2006. The margin of defeat was Portland's worst since a 118-89 loss to the Miami Heat Jan. 8, 2009.

    "Too many crooked numbers up here on the stat sheet. We didn’t do a good job defensively tonight and you’ve got to give them credit," said Portland coach Kaleb Canales. "They’re a hot team and they played like they’ve been playing and we didn’t take them out of their game."

    Matthews and LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 21 points each, Matthews adding a season-high nine rebounds and Aldridge tallying his 11th double-double of the season by grabbing a game-high 12 boards.

    Raymond Felton came one assist shy of a double-double, dishing nine assists to go along with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

    Milwaukee had six players score in double figures, led by Drew Gooden with 19 points. In all, the Bucks combined to shoot nearly 58 percent from the field and better than 52 percent from three-point range.

    "I think our biggest thing tonight was we didn’t play any defense," said Portland center Joel Przybilla. "All defense is, is a little effort and we didn’t do that tonight."

    The glaring difference between the two squads in the contest was the play of the reserves, as Portland's bench went three quarters without a field goal on the way to a 2-for-29 performance as the Milwaukee reserves outscored the Trail Blazers bench 45-9.

    Former Portland guard Brandon Roy was in attendance with his wife Tuesday, and was greeted by a standing ovation in his first Rose Garden appearance since retiring.

    "It was good to see him. He looks good, he’s got a smile on his face," Przybilla said. "I just wish we could have got a win for him. He’s been a big part of this organization, this city."

    Portland takes on the Memphis Grizzlies Thursday, 7 p.m., at the Rose Garden. The game can be seen locally on Comcast SportsNet (Comcast channel 37). 750 AM The Game and NBA Audio League Pass will have the play-by-play call.

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