NBA Game Summary - Portland at Milwaukee
(Wednesday, December 22nd)
Final Score: Portland 104, Milwaukee 95
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Nick Van Exel scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers past the Milwaukee Bucks, 104-95, at the Bradley Center.
"This will be my last season. So, I've got to try to make as many as I can," Van Exel said after the game.
Zach Randolph had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Blazers, who have won three of their last four games overall and three in a row versus the Bucks. Derek Anderson and Darius Miles both had 14 points in a winning cause.
Mike James paced the Bucks with 22 points, while Desmond Mason chipped in 16. Milwaukee, losers of five straight, has dropped six of its last seven home games.
"I never got in a rhythm," Bucks guard Miachael Redd said after going 2-for-10 from the floor. "They did a great job of having a person everywhere I was."
Portland outscored the Bucks, 28-22, in the first quarter and carried a 52-45 advantage into the locker room.
Randolph's pair of foul shots gave the Blazers a 73-53 lead with less than four minutes left in the third quarter. The Bucks closed the quarter with a 10-4 run, but the Blazers led 77-63 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Blazers continued to pour it on cruised to the nine-point win.
Portland forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim missed his fifth consecutive game because of a hyperextended right elbow.
Portland had a 47-33 advantage on the boards...Joe Smith had 14 points for the Bucks, while Kendall Gill and Dan Gadzuric each had 12 in the loss...The Blazers made 51 percent of their shots. Milwaukee shot 47 percent from the floor...The Bucks dropped to 1-8 against the Western Conference this season.
12/22 23:39:12 ET