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News » BUCKS 108, TRAIL BLAZERS 101 (2OT) Thrills, spills & then some Bogut's 27 points lead way

BUCKS 108, TRAIL BLAZERS 101 (2OT) Thrills, spills & then some Bogut's 27 points lead way

BUCKS 108, TRAIL BLAZERS 101 (2OT)  Thrills, spills & then some  Bogut's 27 points lead way By CHARLES F. GARDNER

It nearly took all night, and it did take two tension-packed overtimes.

But the Milwaukee Bucks survived plenty of chills and spills to outlast the Portland Trail Blazers, 108-101, at the Bradley Center before 15,973 fans Saturday night.

Andrew Bogut led the way with 27 points and nine rebounds, and the Bucks center nearly won the game in regulation until his tip-in was ruled too late by a video review.

But the Bucks (11-11) showed some fortitude as they survived losing both Bogut and top defender Luc Richard Mbah a Moute when they fouled out in the second overtime.

Milwaukee trailed by six points in the first overtime but rallied to tie the score, 95-95, getting a clutch jumper from rookie Brandon Jennings to force the second overtime.

Jennings finished with 18 points and 11 assists, his first double-double as a pro, and Luke Ridnour had 20 points off the bench and was a huge factor in the overtime periods.

"We just had to fight," Ridnour said. "We knew they had to wear out eventually. We feel we've given up a couple leads already this season, and this was one we had to find a way to win."

Portland (14-11), playing for the second consecutive night after losing a close one in Cleveland on Friday, kept battling despite trailing most of the game.

Power forward LaMarcus Aldridge scored a game-high 31 points while playing 52 minutes, and guard Brandon Roy had 23 points on 8-of-24 shooting.

"I thought especially in the second half we played really hard," said Bucks coach Scott Skiles. "On several occasions we did a great job on them defensively and they still scored. Roy hit the shot (at the end of regulation) and I thought Mbah a Moute was all over him.

"We had a hard time keeping them off the glass, but we hung in there. Ridnour came back in the game and gave us a big lift in the first overtime so we could even get it in the second overtime."

Portland appeared to be the fresher team in the first few minutes of the first overtime period as Aldridge ran the floor and got three dunks to help the Trail Blazers take a 95-89 lead.

But Ridnour made a runner in the lane and Carlos Delfino sank a jumper to cut the Bucks' deficit to 95-93, and the Bucks had a chance to tie.

Delfino missed two shots, including a potential go-ahead three, and the ball was tipped out of bounds. A video review overturned the call on the floor of a Portland possession, and Jennings sank a jumper with 4.9 seconds left to tie the score at 95-95.

Roy had a chance to win the game but missed a jumper while being closely defended by Mbah a Moute, and the game went to a second overtime period.

Mbah a Moute fouled out with 3:54 to play in the second overtime. The Bucks grabbed a 102-97 lead on a Delfino corner three with 3:02 left in the period, and it came on Jennings' 10th assist.

Roy scored on a drive and was driving again when Bogut knocked the ball away to Jennings, who pushed it ahead to Ridnour for a layup and a 104-99 Milwaukee lead with 1:49 left.

Bogut fouled out while trying to strip Roy on a drive, and the Portland guard sank two foul shots. But Jennings responded by taking it to the basket and scooping it off the glass to make it 106-101 with 42.4 seconds to go.

Jennings did not attempt a shot until 9:12 remained in the third quarter, and he sank a three-pointer to create a 46-46 tie.

Portland grabbed a 51-49 lead on a rebound dunk by Aldridge, but the Bucks responded with a 12-0 run, including eight points from a suddenly hot Jennings, a dunk by Bogut off a Jennings lob and a two-pointer by Delfino.

The Bucks outscored the Trail Blazers, 30-15, in the third quarter behind 12 points from Jennings and six from Bogut. Milwaukee hit 12 of 26 shots in the quarter to take a 69-59 lead into the final period.

Andre Miller made consecutive baskets early in the fourth quarter, and Skiles immediately put Mbah a Moute in the game to try to slow down the Portland guard.

A three-pointer by Ersan Ilyasova gave the Bucks a 76-67 advantage with 7:18 remaining.

Michael Redd's three made it 83-76 with 2:50 left, but Portland rallied with Roy sinking a three and Aldridge a jumper that cut the Trail Blazers' deficit to 83-82 with 1:17 to go.

After a Portland turnover, Bogut hit a right-handed hook from the baseline. But Aldridge dunked the ball off a feed from Roy and was fouled by Mbah a Moute. Aldridge's free throw tied the score, 85-85, with 33.5 seconds remaining.

Jennings sank a floater in the lane to give the Bucks the lead, but Roy hit a tough fadeaway shot over Mbah a Moute to make it 87-87 with 12.8 seconds left.

Bogut tipped in a missed shot by Jennings but it came just after the final buzzer in regulation. The call on the floor was good, but the referees reversed the call after a video review.

Ilyasova and Redd each had 11 points for the Bucks , who improved to 9-3 at home. Redd returned after missing the last seven games and 16 of Milwaukee's first 21 games due to a knee injury.

He hit 5 of 11 shots and played 29 minutes.

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