MILWAUKEE, Wis -- The Milwaukee Bucks had to hold back a strong rally after pulling off one of their own two days earlier. Brandon Jennings scored 24 points and Monta Ellis added 21 to help Milwaukee hang on for a 102-95 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night.
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Milwaukee rallied from an 11-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter Sunday against Orlando and went on to a 115-109 victory over the visiting Magic.
"We just wanted to come out with a lot of energy. We didn't want to play with this team and try to climb back like we had to do (Sunday). They made a run, but we were able to close the game out."
Ellis added nine rebounds, eight assists, three steals and matched a career high with three blocks for Milwaukee, which outscored Portland 31-8 in the second quarter. The Blazers finished with their fewest points in any period this season after shooting a woeful 2 for 20 from the field to go with six turnovers in the second quarter.
The Bucks took a 58-31 lead into halftime before Portland fought back with 64 second-half points to make things interesting.
So what did Portland coach Terry Stotts say at halftime? "I said go out there and play your butt off like you usually do and see what happens," Stotts said. "Twenty seven is a big hole. On the road, it is a bigger hole. I didn't know how the second half was going to go."
Wesley Matthews hit a career high seven 3-pointers and scored 28 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge added 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who lost for the 10th time in their last 11 road games.
"If you are going to come back from 27 down, how many times is that going to happen?" Matthews said. "We just put our heads down and we fought. We did what we were supposed to do to start the game in the second half and gave ourselves a chance."
Nicolas Batum hit a 3-pointer from the left wing to cut Milwaukee's lead to 96-88 with 2:36 to play and Matthews added another to get Portland within 100-93 with 1:33 remaining, but Aldridge lost the ball in the paint on the Blazers' next possession. Portland missed its next two 3-point attempts before Jennings sank two free throws with 26.2 seconds to play to seal it.
"Maybe fatigue for us, I don't know," Milwaukee coach Jim Boylan said. "We weren't quite as sharp defensively. We had been pretty good for most of the game. But then they started finding some spots and getting free, we were scrambling around a little bit, and they took advantage. They made shots. They made some good shots, some tough ones."
Notes: Portland's previous low for points in a quarter was 12, set three times this season. ... Samuel Dalembert scored 10 of Milwaukee's first 14 points. ... Portland fell to 9-25 on the road. ... Milwaukee has won four straight games against Portland for the first time since the 1984-85 season.