- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 21, 2009

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Brandon Roy scored 30 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 96-84 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.

Steve Blake added 21 and tied his season high with six 3-pointers as Portland, playing its fifth game in seven nights, came alive in the second half. The Trail Blazers finished their five-game road trip with a 3-2 mark and some momentum as they look to move up from their seventh spot in the Western Conference playoff scramble.

Travis Outlaw, playing for the injured Nicolas Batum, scored 17 for Portland.

Charlie Villanueva scored 26 points for Milwaukee, which finished a six-game homestand with a 2-4 mark.

Trailing 43-39 at halftime, the Blazers opened the third quarter with a 23-8 run, sparked by Blake’s three 3-pointers and runner in the lane.

Blake’s first 3 gave the Blazers their first lead of the game at 46-43, and it came after Przybilla hustled down the court and blocked Ramon Sessions’ fast-break layup.

Outlaw grabbed a miss by LaMarcus Aldridge and slammed it home as Portland led 69-60 after three.

The Bucks cut it to 69-64 on a steal and layup by Keith Bogans. Bogans thought he was fouled on the play, but all his complaining got him was a technical. Rudy Fernandez made that free throw and then swished a 3-pointer from the corner to put Portland up 73-64 early in the fourth. The closest Milwaukee got was five the rest of the way.

Portland, out of the postseason since 2002-03, has allowed 100 or more points just three times in its last 18 games.

Aldridge was back at starting forward after missing his first game of the season, Thursday’s 97-92 overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He suffered a concussion in the Blazers’ 95-85 win over Indiana on Wednesday night.

Aldridge scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Przybilla led the Blazers with 14 rebounds as they won their fifth straight against the Bucks and swept the season series. Roy has now scored 20 or more points in 12 consecutive games.

Greg Oden played in his third consecutive game since missing 15 with a bone chip in his left knee. He had been limited to 12 minutes a game the previous two and played only 9 1/2 minutes against the Bucks. He had two points, three rebounds and five fouls.

Milwaukee has dropped 11 of 15 and came and remained 1 1/2 games behind Chicago for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Notes:@ Batum missed his second consecutive game after spraining his left ankle during Wednesday’s win. Portland’s 22-7 record against the Eastern Conference is the best mark of any Western Conference team against the East. … With the team in Toronto for a game, Bucks coach Scott Skiles will miss his induction into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame on March 25. He led Plymouth High School to the Indiana State Championship in 1982.

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