Trail Blazers 100, Bucks 99

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MILWAUKEE (AP)—The Milwaukee Bucks prevented Damon Stoudamire from taking the shot he wanted with the game on the line.

The Portland Trail Blazers guard still managed to win the game.

Stoudamire picked up a loose ball as the shot clock wound down and made a fallaway jumper with a second left to lift Portland to its fourth straight win, 100-99 over the slumping Bucks.

“I hit the one that counts,” said Stoudamire, who made only six of 19 shots. “That’s all I care about.”

Portland blew a 20-point lead in the third quarter and was trailing 99-98 with 6 seconds to go when Portland coach Maurice Cheeks called a play for Stoudamire. Milwaukee’s Brevin Knight played tight defense, though, so the inbounds pass went into the lane to Zach Randolph.

The Bucks converged on Randolph and the ball came loose with 4 seconds left. Stoudamire grabbed it and made the winning 12-footer as the shot clock expired.

“There wasn’t a lot of time,” he said. “I just had to get something up.”

Milwaukee called a timeout with 0.6 seconds left and protested that there was a shot-clock violation before Stoudamire’s shot. Replays, though, showed 1 second was left on the shot clock as the ball left Stoudamire’s hands.

In addition, Milwaukee coach Terry Porter thought Stoudamire traveled before shooting while acknowledging that Randolph may have been fouled in the lane.

“It’s just a tough scenario to call,” he said.

Joe Smith’s jumper for Milwaukee missed as time expired. The Bucks have lost three straight and six of seven.

“Tonight is a testament that we haven’t given up,” Knight said. “We were down 20 in the second half, and did not cave in.”

Derek Anderson and Darius Miles each scored 20 points for Portland, which has pulled within 1 1/2 games of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

“We create some of the things that are going right for us,” Cheeks said. “Guys are pulling for one another and trying to hang together, and give ourselves a chance to get into the playoffs.”

Michael Redd had 26 points, and Desmond Mason added 18 for Milwaukee.

Knight’s 19-foot jumper gave Milwaukee its first lead, 97-96, with 58 seconds to go. Randolph then scored his only basket of the fourth quarter to give Portland the lead.

Keith Van Horn hit an 18-foot jumper with 25 seconds left to put Milwaukee up 99-98.

Earlier Tuesday, drug enforcement officers searched the Shorewood, Wis., home of Bucks guard T.J. Ford, the team’s first-round draft choice. Ford was on the bench in street clothes, and has been on the injured list since Feb. 25 with a bruised spinal cord.

“We are aware of the situation in which T.J. Ford was questioned by the local authorities,” the Bucks said in a statement. “He has not been charged and is cooperating fully. The authorities have informed us that he is not the subject of their investigation.”

No other details were released by the team.

A dunk by Miles gave Portland its biggest lead, 70-50, with 8:44 left in the third quarter. Redd, though, scored 15 points in a 25-12 run that broughtMilwaukee within 82-75 at the end of the quarter.

Notes

The scoreboards shut down with 2:01 left in the third quarter. There was about a two-minute delay, and the clock was reset to 1:53. … It was the first time Portland scored more than 98 points in its last 12 games. … The Bucks are 6-8 since Van Horn joined the team. … Portland made all 12 of itsfree throws.

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 Top Performers
 Portland
D. Stoudamire D. Stoudamire
6-19,  14 Pts
7 Rebs, 8 Assists
 Milwaukee
B. Knight B. Knight
5-7,  10 Pts
7 Rebs, 9 Assists

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