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Bucks Hold Off Blazers

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MILWAUKEE, WI (WSAU) The Milwaukee Bucks led by 27 points at the half last night, and they hung on to beat Portland at home 102-to-95. The Trail Blazers only scored eight points in a second quarter that included a 16-0 Milwaukee run.

But Portland battled back in the second half with the help of former Marquette guard Wesley Matthews. He scored 20 of his game-high 28 points after the break – and he hit 7-of-11 from three-point range. The Blazers made 10-of-17 three pointers in the second half, and they out-scored Milwaukee 38-25 in the final period. But the Bucks hung on to extend their winning streak over the Trail Blazers to four games, while Portland lost its 14th road contest in its last 16.

Monta Ellis hurt his left wrist while making a steal in the fourth quarter. But X-rays were negative, and Ellis said he’d be ready for a critical game tonight at Atlanta. Brandon Jennings had 24 points and seven assists for the Bucks – while Ellis had 21 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists.

Milwaukee pulled to within two games of Chicago and Boston in the playoff race – and the Bucks could reduce their deficit to Atlanta to a game-and-a-half with a win this evening at Philips Arena.

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