MILWAUKEE -- Beno Udrih scored a season-high 21 points, Brandon Jennings also added 21, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Portland Trail Blazers 116-94 on Saturday night to tighten the race for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.
Ersan Ilyasova chipped in 20 points for Milwaukee, which moved within a half-game of idle New York with its fourth straight victory. The Bucks are .500 (28-28) for the first time since they were 2-2 on Jan. 2.
LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 21 points for Portland, which lost 116-87 to Milwaukee on March 20 -- its worst home loss of the season.
Wesley Matthews added 14 points for the Trail Blazers, who were hoping to win consecutive road games for the first time this season.
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The Bucks shot 50 percent (47 of 94) from the field and were 12 of 25 (48 percent) from 3-point range.
Milwaukee outscored Portland 30-11 in the final quarter, and scored 19 of the first 24 points of the period.
Jennings dribbled the ball between his legs and swished a 3-pointer in front of Raymond Felton for a 99-88 lead with 6:34 to play.
Jennings then delivered two assists that led to dunks by Larry Sanders for a 103-88 lead with 4:06 remaining. Sanders finished with a season-high 14 points.
The lead was 105-88 after Jennings sank two free throws with 3:40 left. He had 12 points in the period.
A victory for the Trail Blazers would have given them their first three-game winning streak since starting the season 3-0. But they missed 11 of their first 13 shots of the final quarter and never recovered.
Portland led 63-54 at halftime, but Milwaukee held an 86-83 advantage after the third quarter. A 3-pointer by Mike Dunleavy gave the Bucks an 84-83 edge, their first since early in the second quarter, with 1:02 left. Dunleavy then delivered a pass to Sanders for a dunk and three-point lead with 36 seconds to play.
|The Bucks get a big boost from Beno Udrih, who scores a season-high 21 points off the bench. (AP)|
|Milwaukee (28-28) «||33||21||32||30||116|
|POR:L. Aldridge 21 Pts
POR:J. Przybilla 10 Reb
POR:R. Felton 10 Ast
|MIL:B. Udrih 21 Pts
MIL:E. Ilyasova 12 Reb
MIL:M. Ellis 7 Ast
|Players of the Game|
|W. Matthews, SG||36||4-12||4-4||2||2||1||14|
|R. Felton, PG||32||4-11||2-2||0||10||1||10|
|L. Aldridge, PF||31||9-17||3-3||3||3||3||21|
|N. Batum, SF||27||4-8||0-0||2||1||1||9|
|J. Przybilla, C||26||2-2||0-0||10||0||3||4|
|J. Crawford, SG||27||3-11||4-4||2||3||1||11|
|J. Hickson, PF||21||3-7||3-4||5||0||0||9|
|L. Babbitt, SF||18||3-6||4-4||3||0||2||12|
|J. Flynn, PG||12||1-3||0-0||3||1||1||2|
|N. Smith, PG||6||1-1||0-0||2||0||0||2|
|H. Thabeet, C||2||0-0||0-2||1||0||0||0|
|K. Thomas, PF||Did Not Play|
|C. Smith, PF||Did Not Play|
|S. Williams, SF||Did Not Play|
|E. Williams, SG||Did Not Play|
|Complete Box Score|
|B. Jennings, PG||35||7-14||4-4||2||3||1||21|
|M. Ellis, PG||32||7-17||3-4||1||7||1||17|
|E. Ilyasova, SF||27||8-14||0-0||12||2||4||20|
|D. Gooden, PF||21||3-9||1-1||8||4||1||7|
|C. Delfino, SG||21||1-4||0-0||1||0||0||3|
|B. Udrih, PG||27||9-15||0-0||3||6||1||21|
|E. Udoh, PF||26||0-1||0-0||6||2||5||0|
|M. Dunleavy, SF||25||3-9||2-2||5||3||2||9|
|L. Sanders, PF||17||7-8||0-0||7||2||4||14|
|S. Livingston, PG||2||0-0||0-0||1||1||1||0|
|J. Leuer, PF||2||1-1||0-0||1||1||1||2|
|J. Brockman, PF||2||0-0||0-0||1||0||0||0|
|T. Harris, SF||2||1-2||0-0||1||0||0||2|
|K. Brown, C||Did Not Play|
|L. Mbah a Moute, SF||Did Not Play|
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