Saturday , Mar , 18 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Bucks open home-and-home with Blazers

=== Bucks open home-and-home with Blazers ===

(Sports Network) – The Milwaukee Bucks will open a home-and-home set with the
Portland Trail Blazers tonight at the Bradley Center.

The Bucks, currently seeded seventh in the Eastern Conference, had a two-game
winning streak come to an end on Friday night at Toronto.

Chris Bosh sank a pair free throws with 3.4 seconds remaining as Toronto
battled back to beat Milwaukee 97-96 at the Air Canada Centre.

Bosh finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who won for the
third time in their last four games. Mike James and Charlie Villanueva each
scored 14 points and Morris Peterson added 12.

Bobby Simmons led the Bucks with 21 points along with seven boards. Michael
Redd tallied 17 points, while T.J. Ford scored 14 points, dished out eight
assists and collected seven rebounds.

Milwaukee is 2-5 in its last seven home games and 19-14 as the host this

Meanwhile, Portland has dropped three in a row and seven of eight. On Friday
against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Blazers suffered a 99-84 loss.

Sebastian Telfair scored 24 points off the bench for the Trail Blazers. Steve
Blake and Zach Randolph each scored 17 points and Darius Miles added 12
points, but Portland fell for the 17th time in 20 games.

The Trail Blazers have lost nine straight on the road and are just 6-28 as the
visitor this season.

Portland has won three straight and nine of 12 against the Bucks, including a
sweep of two games last season. The Blazers also have won two in a row and
five of six at Milwaukee.