Monday , Mar , 20 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Blazers, Bucks finish home-and-home set

=== Blazers, Bucks finish home-and-home set ===

(Sports Network) – The Milwaukee Bucks begin an important three-game road
trip tonight, as they visit the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden.

Milwaukee is No. 7 in the Eastern Conference playoff race and is just one game
behind the sixth-seeded Indiana Pacers.

Tonight’s game is the second of a home-and-home set between the squads. On
Saturday Michael Redd dropped in 33 points on 12-of-21 shooting from the field
as the Bucks defeated the Trail Blazers, 97-93, at the Bradley Center.

Charlie Bell added 14 points and dished out eight assists for the Bucks, who
have won three of their last four games overall. Bobby Simmons ended with 13
points, while T.J. Ford had 11 points and six assists in the victory.

Darius Miles paced Portland with 26 points and six rebounds, as the Trail
Blazers dropped their fourth straight game and have lost eight of their last
nine overall. Sebastian Telfair netted 21, pulled down six boards and dished
out five assists in defeat.

The Bucks are just 13-19 as the visitor this season. They are scheduled to
visit the Seattle SuperSonics on Wednesday and the Los Angeles Lakers on
Friday.

Portland is 14-19 as the host this season. The Trail Blazers have won two of
their last three at The Rose Garden.

The road team has won four of six and five of the last eight contests in this
series. Milwaukee has lost four of six and five of its last eight at Portland.

MIL POR