Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 3/18

Game 1: Saturday, March 18th
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Game 2: Monday, March 20th
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Trail Blazers 93

(20-46, 6-29 away)

Bucks 97

(33-33, 20-14 home)

    7:30 PM ET, March 18, 2006

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

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    POR 22 26 26 1993
    MIL 27 23 25 2297

    Top Performers

    Por: D. Miles 26 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Mil: M. Redd 33 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl

    Redd helps Bucks put away Trail Blazers

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Portland coach Nate McMillan said the Trail Blazers made a big mistake against Milwaukee.

    "We were leaving Michael Redd open in the first half," he said. "You can't leave Redd open to double team anybody."

    Redd scored 27 of his 33 points before halftime to help the Bucks beat Portland 97-93 on Saturday night.

    The victory was Milwaukee's third straight at home, marking the Bucks' first three-game winning streak at the Bradley Center since Feb. 8-14.

    "This was definitely a game we felt we could win and should win," Milwaukee guard T.J. Ford said.

    Redd was 12-for-21 from the field and 7-for-8 from the free-throw line. Charlie Bell added 14 points for the Bucks (33-33).

    "I was just playing in the flow," Redd said of his first half. "I didn't do anything extra. I was trying not to force anything."

    Darius Miles scored 26 points and Sebastian Telfair had 21 for the Trail Blazers.

    After scoring 11 first-quarter points, Redd added 16 in the second quarter, including seven during a 9-3 run that gave the Bucks a 42-37 lead.

    "I compare him to Kobe (Bryant) or LeBron (James)," McMillan said of Redd. "You can't forget about guys like them."

    Milwaukee scored the first 10 points of the second half to stretch its lead to 60-48. Portland responded with an 18-6 run to tie it at 66 as Miles scored 10 points.

    After tying it three more times, Portland finally grabbed its first lead since the first quarter when Jarrett Jack converted a layup to make it 81-80.

    But the Bucks came back. Redd hit a 14-footer to give Milwaukee a 85-83 lead.

    Milwaukee's win comes 24 hours after it blew a 16-point lead with less than 6 minutes remaining at Toronto on Friday.

    "We learned from Friday," Redd said. "We refused to let that happen tonight."

    The Bucks and Trail Blazers meet again Monday in Portland. The Trail Blazers have lost their last 10 on the road and their six road wins are tied for last in the NBA.

    Game notes

    Milwaukee's Mo Williams didn't play due to a sprained left ankle. ... Portland's leading scorer, Zach Randolph, didn't play because of a bruised left knee. ... Portland's starting lineup was its 23rd different one this season. ... After receiving a technical foul with 3:20 left in the first quarter, Milwaukee's Andrew Bogut didn't play the rest of the half. However, he did start the third quarter.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 93 97
    FGM-FGA 35-69 (.507) 34-75 (.453)
    3PM-3PA 4-13 (.308) 7-19 (.368)
    FTM-FTA 19-27 (.704) 22-32 (.688)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-42 12-35
    Assists 18 25
    Turnovers 22 13
    Steals 8 10
    Blocks 5 2
    Fast Break Points 22 14
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (1/0) 19 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 7 12

    Top Performers

    Darius Miles Miles
    Points: 26
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2
    Michael Redd Redd
    Points: 33
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0