MILWAUKEE — The Portland Trail Blazers kept up their strong start and extended the Milwaukee Bucks’ early-season woes.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21 points, Damian Lillard added 19 and the Trail Blazers got their eighth straight win, beating the Bucks 91-82 Wednesday night.
Portland held the lead throughout the second half but had difficulty pulling away until late in the game.
“We got a win. That’s all I’m worried about,” said Portland guard Wesley Matthews, who had 15 points, all in the first half, to help the Blazers complete a sweep of a four-game Eastern Conference road trip.
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“To finish a road trip undefeated and to do it with the defense and energy that we had in the second half is great,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said.
Former Sonic Luke Ridnour scored 13 points to lead the Bucks, who lost their sixth in row and eighth of 10 on the season. They last won Nov. 6 against Cleveland. Portland’s last loss came a night earlier against Houston.
Milwaukee cut its deficit to six points late in the fourth on Caron Butler’s three-pointer. However, Lillard had a breakaway dunk and a three of his own to put Portland up 89-78 — matching the Blazers’ largest lead of the game.
The Bucks got no closer than seven again.
Portland shot just 41 percent for the game while winning for the 10th time in 12 games this season.
• LeBron James scored 21 points and handed out seven assists, Chris Bosh scored 18 points and the Miami Heat beat the host Orlando Magic 120-92 for its fifth straight victory. Dwyane Wade sat out to give his knees more rest.
• Dirk Nowitzki moved past Reggie Miller on the NBA scoring list. Nowitzki made a free throw after a technical foul was called against Houston’s Dwight Howard to reach 25,280 points and take over 15th place. Host Dallas won 123-120.
• Brooklyn point guard Deron Williams reinjured his left ankle against the host Charlotte Bobcats and did not return during the Nets’ 95-91 loss.
• Former Cougars star Klay Thompson scored 21 points in host Golden State’s 88-81 loss to Memphis.
• Former Huskies star Terrence Ross scored 17 points in Toronto’s 108-98 victory over host Philadelphia. Ex-Husky Spencer Hawes had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the 76ers.
• The Philadelphia 76ers waived former No. 1 overall pick Kwame Brown.
• The NBA fined Boston Celtics forward Gerald Wallace $10,000 for using profane language during his postgame media availability.
• Utah Jazz forward Marvin Williams from Bremerton will have an outpatient procedure to repair a fractured nose and missed Utah’s game against New Orleans. He should rejoin the Jazz for its game Friday against Dallas wearing a face mask.