Recap: Bucks 102, Trail Blazers 95
Bucks 102, Trail Blazers 95: Monta Ellis collected 21 points, nine rebounds and eight assists and Brandon Jennings added 24 points and seven assists as host Milwaukee coasted to its second consecutive win and swept the season series from Portland.
Samuel Dalembert contributed 16 points and J.J. Redick scored 14 off the bench for the Bucks, who held the Trail Blazers to eight points in the second quarter - the fewest Milwaukee has allowed in a quarter and the fewest Portland has scored in a period this season.
Wesley Matthews poured in 28 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who lost for the 10th time in their last 11 road games. Portland has slipped four games behind the Los Angeles Lakers for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
This one was all but over midway through the second quarter, as Milwaukee reeled off a 17-0 run to open the period and take a 44-23 advantage. The Blazers didn't score until the 6:03 mark of the quarter and went without a field goal until Aldridge's basket with 3:56 left as the Bucks took a 58-31 lead into halftime.
Milwaukee didn't do much on defense in the second half, and the Blazers went 13-for-26 from 3-point range to claw within seven with 1:32 left but couldn't get any closer.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Bucks F Ersan Ilyasova sat out with a sore back and is not expected to make the trip to Atlanta for Wednesday's game against the Hawks. … Aldridge has recorded five straight 20-point, 10-rebound games, joining David Lee and LeBron James as the only players with such a streak this season. … Matthews hit a season-high seven 3-pointers on 11 attempts. His career high is eight.
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