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Trailblazers Hold Off Bucks

PORTLAND, ORE (LEARFIELD-WSAU) Former Marquette guard Wesley Matthews scored 26 points last night, to help the Portland Trail Blazers win at home in overtime over the Milwaukee Bucks 120-to-115.

 Matthews, who starred at Madison Memorial High School, made 5-of-7 shots from three-point-range -- including a crucial trey late in the extra period.

 Damian Lilliard forced the overtime by making a basket with just over four seconds left in regulation.  Bucks' guard Ramon Sessions tried a long three at the buzzer, but it didn't fall.  In the O-T, Milwaukee had a one-point lead with 2:36 left when the Trail Blazers scored seven straight points to go in front for good.

 Former Buck Mo Williams scored 23 points, as Portland ended two straight home losses to Milwaukee.  Brandon Knight scored 24 and Sessions 23, as the Bucks lost their fifth straight game overall and fell to 1-and-11 on the road against Western Conference opponents.  

The Bucks out-scored Portland in the paint, 56-46.  But Milwaukee committed 19 turnovers, and the Blazers made all but three of their 27 free throw attempts.

 The Bucks will continue their four-game Western road trip tomorrow night at Golden State.

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