Trail Blazers 99, Bucks 95


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Rookie Brandon Roy had a career-high 28 points including a late jumper that helped preserve the Portland Trail Blazers’ 99-95 victory over the short-handed Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday night.

Zach Randolph added 19 points and 12 rebounds for Portland, which led by as many as 20 points but let the Bucks inch their way back in the fourth quarter.

Earl Boykins had 28 points for the Bucks, who had just 10 healthy players.

After trailing 58-45 at the half, the Bucks mounted a comeback.

With 4:13 left, Boykins made a jumper from the foul line to narrow it to 88-84. Former Blazer Ruben Patterson added a free throw to pull the Bucks within three.

Roy’s first rally stopper came with 2:25 left, when he made a 3-pointer that put the Blazers up 93-87.

But Boykins made a 3-pointer with 36.6 seconds left to close the Bucks to 96-93. This time, Roy answered with a jumper.

Charlie Bell’s basket narrowed it again for Milwaukee, but Jarrett Jack made the second of two free throws with 5.2 seconds left for the final margin.

Milwaukee was hurting, with forward Brian Skinner (stomach virus) the latest casualty.

Michael Redd was out with a left patellar tendon strain and Mo Williams was sidelined with a shoulder sprain. Bobby Simmons is out for the rest of the season after surgery on his heel, and Charlie Villanueva had tendinitis in his right shoulder.

Without Redd, Williams or Villanueva, the Bucks are 1-4 in their last five games. Overall, Milwaukee has lost eight of nine.

The Bucks were coming off a 99-72 loss at Seattle on Friday, the team’s largest margin of defeat this season.

The Blazers lost 106-101 at Phoenix on Friday, but have won three of their last five.

Portland jumped out to a 30-20 lead at the close of the first quarter on Zach Randolph’s hook shot. They extended the lead to 42-28 on Martell Webster’s 3-pointer.

Brandon Roy’s driving layup put Portland up 51-36. Roy also had nine rebounds. It was Randolph’s 24th double-double.

Bell finished with 23 points for the Bucks. Patterson had 15.

Notes: Patterson was called for a technical foul after arguing a call in the first quarter. … The Bucks won the first meeting this season between the two teams, 104-95 in overtime, on Dec. 6 in Milwaukee. … The Bucks had won three of the last four in Portland.

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