Wednesday , Dec , 06 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Portland blazes into Milwaukee

(Sports Network) – The Portland Trail Blazers play the second of a season-
long six-game road trip, as they visit the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at the
Bradley Center.

This is the first of two meetings this season between the clubs. Portland is
scheduled to host the Bucks on January 21st at the Rose Garden.

Portland has won five of seven and six of its last nine as the visitor against
the Bucks. The Trail Blazers are 13-37 at Milwaukee. These teams have split
the last four contests in the series.

The Trail Blazers try to win back-to-back games this evening. On Tuesday, Zach
Randolph drained a go-ahead short bank shot over Tayshaun Prince with 21
seconds left, then Richard Hamilton missed two three-pointers in the final
three seconds as Portland stunned the Detroit Pistons, 88-85, at The Palace of
Auburn Hills.

Randolph led all scorers with 31 points and 13 rebounds, while rookie LaMarcus
Aldridge recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and 11 boards
in the win over Detroit for the Blazers.

Portland is 3-6 on the road this season. The Trail Blazers will also play the
Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers and Memphis Grizzlies on
the trip.

Milwaukee tries to get back on the winning track, as it plays the first of a
two-game homestand this evening. On Monday, Carlos Boozer scored 30 points and
pulled down 13 rebounds to power the Utah Jazz to a 101-88 win over the Bucks
at EnergySolutions Arena.

Charlie Bell was 4-for-9 from beyond the arc and ended with 23 points in the
loss to Utah for Milwaukee, which has dropped two of its last three games
overall. Michael Redd scored 18 for the Bucks, who shot a miserable 38.1
percent from the field and were outrebounded, 48-34.

The Bucks are 2-4 at the Bradley Center this season. They will host the
Grizzlies on Friday in the finale of the current stand.