Bucks 110, Trail Blazers 104By Kerry Eggers, The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Sun, Jan 20, 2013 1:00 AM EST
PORTLAND -- Brandon Jennings scored 30 points -- including four free throws in the final 33 seconds -- to lift Milwaukee to a 110-104 victory over Portland Saturday night at the Rose Garden. Ersan Ilyasova collected 27 points and 14 rebounds for the Bucks (20-18), who are 5-2 under interim head coach Jim Boylan. Damian Lillard scored 26 points and dished out 10 assists for the Trail Blazers (20-20), who have lost five in a row for the first time this season. Wesley Matthews added 21 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the losers. The Bucks won in no small part to 19 Portland turnovers -- eight in the game's first nine minutes -- that turned into 27 Milwaukee points. Milwaukee increased a 17-point halftime lead to 75-53 midway through the third quarter. The Bucks' advantage was 80-59 when Portland -- thanks in part to a pair of technical fouls and ejection of Milwaukee center Larry Sanders by referee Danny Crawford -- went on an 11-0 run to get within 80-70 late in the quarter. Lillard's running 3-pointer as time expired cut the margin to 84-76 entering the final period. The Bucks opened the fourth quarter with a 7-0 run to go on top 91-76 with 9:30 remaining. It was 104-90 with 3:30 left, but Wesley Matthews' 3-pointer finished a 10-0 to draw the Blazers to within 104-100 with 44.7 seconds left. But Jennings hit 4 of 6 free throws on Milwaukee's next three possessions to clinch the win. Milwaukee dominated from start to finish in jetting to a 62-45 halftime lead. Ilyasova (15 points, nine rebounds, four assists) dominated the interior and Jennings (15 points) got it done from the perimeter. Lillard scored 15 points for the Blazers, who shot 39.5 percent from the field -- including 2 for 11 from 3-point range -- in the half. NOTES: Portland rookie center Meyers Leonard returns to Portland's active roster tonight after missing the last 10 games with a sprained ankle. "He went through a practice (Friday) and looked good, all things considered," Portland coach Terry Stotts said. "I'm not sure if he'll play tonight, but he'll be active." ... Veteran Sasha Pavlovic will move to the Blazers' inactive list. ... Milwaukee interim head coach Jim Boylan was a member of Stotts' staff in Atlanta, but they go further back as teammates on a touring Spain team out of college. "I was playing poorly and I remember Jim telling me, 'Quit trying to give them your 'A' moves. Just give them your 'B' moves,' " Stotts said with a laugh. ... Stotts on Boylan: "You knew he was going to be a coach. He saw the game from a coach's perspective. He's an outstanding basketball mind, an X's and O's guy, and he communicates well with players." ... Milwaukee is 4-2 since Boylan took over after Scott Skiles' dismissal. Under Boylan, Ilyasova regained his starting power forward job and forward John Henson has gotten more time off the bench. "But I didn't want to change too much," Boylan said. "We've done a lot of changing this year. (Players) didn't know their roles and it was a little unsettling. I've been trying to stay consistent with the guys."
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