Portland, OR (Betting Express) - Greg Oden had a career-high 24 points and tied a career-best with 15 rebounds, as Portland dominated the Milwaukee Bucks
, 102-85, at the Rose Garden.
Oden, who shot 9-of-14 from the floor, also had a pair of blocks and two steals as the Trail Blazers won for the fifth time in seven games. LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points and nine rebounds, while Travis Outlaw ended with 18 points and eight boards for the Blazers.
Charlie Villanueva had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, who have lost two in a row for the first time since a three-game skid from December 7-10. Richard Jefferson also had 23 points, but the Bucks lost the game on the glass as they were outrebounded, 58-30.
It was a quick start for the Blazers, who bolted to a 10-2 lead, but the margin stood only at 22-19 going to the second quarter.
A pair of baskets by Aldridge in the final 61 seconds of the half had Portland ahead 45-40 at intermission. He accounted for six of Portland's points during an 8-0 run as the Blazers expanded the advantage to 53-42 with eight minutes remaining in the third.
A three-pointer from Jerryd Bayless moved the cushion to 68-53 with under three minutes remaining in the third and the Blazers moved to the fourth ahead 71-64. That's because Tyronn Lue and Jefferson canned three-pointers in the final minute of the period.
Villanueva's three early in the fourth had the visitors within 76-71, but Outlaw responded with a jam, which turned into a three-point play. Oden's driving dunk moved the margin to 83-73 with nearly seven minutes remaining, and the Bucks never threatened down the stretch.
Earlier Monday, Blazers rookie guard Rudy Fernandez was selected by the fans as the fourth and final participant in the 2009 Slam Dunk competition to be held on February 14 in Phoenix. He had 13 points in Monday's game...Michael Redd had 13 points and Luke Ridnour 10 for the Bucks...Portland has won the last four meetings...The Blazers improved to 14-4 against Eastern Conference opponents and 15-4 at home.