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.
- Carlos Delfino and Drew Gooden returned to the starting lineup for Milwaukee. Delfino missed the last six games with a right groin injury and Gooden sat out the previous two with a sore back. Luc Mbah a Moute did not play for the second game in a row because of a sore right knee
- The Bucks have won six of their last seven games.. Aldridge has scored at least 21 points in five games since returning from a left elbow sprain that kept him out of the game March 20.