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Trail Blazers 91, Bucks 82

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MILWAUKEE -- Forward LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers extended their winning streak to eight games with a 91-82 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Portland (10-2) shot 41 percent but made 11 of 31 3-pointers. The Blazers sank seven 3-pointers in the first half.

Blazers guard Wesley Matthews, a native of Madison, Wis., who played in the Bradley Center while at Marquette University, hit three from beyond the arc and finished with 15 points.

Portland point guard Damian Lillard had 19 points to go along with six rebounds and three assists.

Making his first start of the season, Bucks point guard Luke Ridnour finished with 13 points, five rebounds, five assists and a steal in 29 minutes -- his longest effort of the year. Center Zaza Pachulia added 11 points and eight rebounds. Off the bench, guard Gary Neal scored 11 points and forward John Henson had 10 with seven rebounds.

The Bucks (2-8) were dominant in the paint, outscoring Portland 42-28, but they were careless with the ball, finishing with 19 turnovers -- 13 in the second half that led to 16 points for Portland.

Playing with their healthiest lineup in weeks -- though still missing key contributors like point guard Brandon Knight (hamstring), Larry Sanders (thumb) and Carlos Delfino (ankle) -- Milwaukee gave the Trail Blazers a game in the first half by shooting 50 percent (21-for-42) from the field.

Portland, though, hit seven of 14 3-point attempts and got double-digit efforts from Aldridge, Lillard and Matthews to hold a 53-51 lead at the break. The Blazers opened the third on an 8-0 run to go ahead by 10.

Milwaukee cut into the lead several times but couldn't get closer than six down the stretch, losing for the sixth straight game and for the seventh time in the last eight.

NOTES: Luke Ridnour replaced Nate Wolters at point guard. PG Brandon Knight is recovering from a hamstring injury that has limited him to 40 minutes this season. ... Bucks F Ersan Ilyasova returned to action for the first time since Nov. 2. He was sidelined due to an ankle injury. ... Trail Blazers C Meyers Leonard was not available due to illness. ... The Bucks lost for the first time in five meetings with the Blazers. ... Portland coach Terry Stotts was an assistant in Milwaukee under George Karl from 1997 to 2001 and was the Bucks' head coach from 2005 to 2007.
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