Aldridge helps Portland take down MilwaukeeDec 21, 2010 - 8:22 AM Portland, OR (Sports Network) - LaMarucs Aldridge scored 29 points to go along with a career-high 19 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers topped the Milwaukee Bucks, 106-80, at the Rose Garden.
Wesley Matthews scored 22 and Rudy Fernandez added 17 points and seven assists for Portland, which swept a three-game homestand. Nicolas Batum contributed 10 points for the Blazers, who have won eight of nine in this series.
"Right now we're playing together, we're playing with a lot of heart, we're playing with a lot of emotion, we're playing fast," Matthews said. "Everybody's getting involved in the offense, and that's key right now."
John Salmons led Milwaukee with 23 points and Keyon Dooling scored 12 and dished out five assists for the Bucks, who also go 10 points off the bench from both Luc Mbah a Moute and Drew Gooden.
Milwaukee played without guard Brandon Jennings, who had surgery Monday to repair a fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his left foot. Jennings will be sideline for 4-to-6 weeks with the injury. Portland had injury issues of their own as they were without Joel Przybilla (ankle) and Marcus Camby (shoulder).
Portland held a 25-18 lead after the first quarter, behind a 13-point effort from Matthews.
The Blazers lead quickly ballooned to 15, 41-26, after Batum converted on a three-point play at 7:42 in the second.
Matthews hit two from the line at 6:15 to extend the lead to 17, 47-30, and after both teams went cold for close to two minutes, Batum's reverse layup at 4:24 widened the margin to 19.
Rookie Luke Babbitt's layup after a Fernandez missed three put the game at 57-35, and his short hook shot with 34.9 seconds remaining gave Portland a 59-35 halftime lead.
"We weren't very competitive early in the game, that's for sure," said Bucks head coach Scott Skiles. "They just moved around freely around the floor."
Aldridge's jumper at 6:33 expanded Portland's lead to 26, 67-41, however, two Salmons free throws at 4:10 started a short 6-1 run for the Bucks, that put the game at 72-53.
After the teams traded trips to the line and Portland added a Sean Marks and Fernandez free throw, Salmons ended the quarter with a triple and layup with 25.9 seconds left to trim the Blazers lead to 78-60 heading to the final stanza.
Two Matthews free throws and an Aldridge alley oop dunk at 8:02 gave Portland a 87-67 advantage, and after remaining around 20, the Portland lead became 25, 103-78, with Matthews' driving layup at 1:19.
Portland's 24-point halftime lead is its largest first half advantage of the season...Mills and Babbitt finished with eight and six points, respectively, for the Blazers...Portland converted on 4-of-4 fast break opportunities...The Blazers shot 50 percent from the field, 38 percent for Milwaukee.
- MILWAUKEE: 80
Dec 21 12:24 AM
- MILWAUKEE: 60
End of 3rd
Dec 20 11:53 PM
- MILWAUKEE: 35
Dec 20 11:11 PM
- MILWAUKEE: 18
End of 1st
Dec 20 10:38 PM
- MILWAUKEE: 0
1st Quarter - 15:00
Dec 20 10:12 PM
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