Milwaukee (3-3) at Portland (3-4)

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  • Game info: 10:00 pm EST Fri Nov 19, 2004
  • TV: FSN
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A pair of struggling teams will meet when the Milwaukee Bucks begin a four-game road trip with a matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Milwaukee began the season with three wins in its first four games, but has since lost two straight. Portland, meanwhile, has dropped four of five.

The Bucks dropped both games of their home-and-home series with the Miami Heat this week, including a 113-106 home loss Wednesday.

The Bucks took an eight-point lead in the third quarter, but Miami went on a 33-14 run to take command of the game.

Michael Redd scored a season-high 33 points, Keith Van Horn had 23 and Desmond Mason added 18 for the Bucks. Mike James, activated from the injured list before the game, chipped in 11.

Redd said the game was all about adjustments. The Heat made them and the Bucks didn’t.

“We were confused on the defensive end,” he said. “We may have been a little lackadaisical tonight. There’s no excuse not to get this win.”

Portland is coming off its first home loss of the season, Wednesday’s 101-82 defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies. After the loss, the Blazers huddled behind closed doors.

“Any team that gets beat like that is going to talk about it,” Portland center Theo Ratliff said. “There didn’t need to be any finger pointing. Everybody got beat.”

Zach Randolph had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Blazers, who only shot 39.2 percent.

“I’ve never been on a team where we cleared so much air. We clear air every other day,” Blazers guard Nick Van Exel said. “I’ve been in a lot of meetings but it doesn’t do any good if you don’t go out and incorporate it in your attitude and your game.”

Milwaukee visits Sacramento Sunday and the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday before concluding its trip Wednesday in Phoenix. Portland hosts the Houston Rockets on Sunday, and then begins a three-game trip with a matchup against Miami on Tuesday.

STANDINGS (through Nov. 17): Bucks - 4th place, 2 GB, Central Division. Trail Blazers - 4th place, 4 GB, Northwest Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Bucks - F Joe Smith, F Van Horn, C Dan Gadzuric, G Redd, G Maurice Williams. Trail Blazers - F Randolph, F Shareef Abdur-Rahim, C Ratliff, G Derek Anderson, G Damon Stoudamire.

TEAM LEADERS: Bucks - Redd, 26.2 ppg; Van Horn, 9.3 rpg; Williams, 8.3 apg. Trail Blazers - Randolph, 20.1 ppg and 11.3 rpg; Stoudamire, 6.9 apg.

2003-04 SEASON SERIES: 1-1.

LAST MEETING: March 16; Trail Blazers, 100-99. At Milwaukee, Stoudamire picked up a loose ball as the shot clock wound down and hit a jumper with a second left to lift the Blazers to their fourth straight win.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Bucks - 0-2 on the road; Trail Blazers - 2-1 at home.

INJURIES: Bucks - C Zaza Pachulia (foot); F Toni Kukoc (hip); G T.J. Ford (neck); F-C Zendon Hamilton (knee). Trail Blazers - G Richie Frahm (toe); F Viktor Khryapa (foot); C Vladimir Stepania (knee).

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