Thursday , Dec , 23 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Portland Trail Blazers Team Report – December 23

=== Portland Trail Blazers Team Report – December 23 ===

(Sports Network) – Portland registered a 104-95 victory over the Milwaukee
Bucks at the Bradley Center on Wednesday night.

Nick Van Exel scored a game-high 26 points to lead Portland to the victory.
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.

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. It is unknown when Abdur-Rahim will return to
the court.

The Blazers made 51 percent of their shots, while owning a 47-33 advantage on
the boards.

Portland has the next four days off before hosting the Philadelphia 76ers on