Bad shooting, bad boards cost Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks have lost two straight for the first time since Dec. 9 after falling at Portland Tuesday night 102-85.
First-year center Greg Oden scored a season-high 24 points for the Trail Blazers, and he tied a career-high with 15 rebounds.
The Bucks made only of two of their first 12 shots and they never led. They got to within five points early in the fourth quarter, but Portland then put the game away with a 7-2 run.
The Blazers had a bruising 58-30 rebounding edge, as they got their fifth win in their last seven games.
Charlie Villanueva had 10 boards, but nobody else on the Bucks had more than three as they continued to play without center Andrew Bogut, who stayed home with back spasms.
Villanueva and Richard Jefferson each scored 23 to lead the Bucks. The team ended its 14-game streak of alternating wins and losses. That was the longest such streak in Milwaukee history, and the longest in the NBA in 11 years.
The Bucks fell to 20-23 and will host Dallas Wednesday night.