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27-point deficit too much for Blazers

MILWAUKEE — A furious rally came up short as the Trail Blazers closed a 27-point halftime deficit to seven before falling to Milwaukee 102-95 Tuesday night at the Bradley Center.

It was the second straight loss on this five-game road trip for Portland (31-36), playing the second of back-to-back nights after losing 101-100 at Philadelphia on Monday.

Trailing 58-31 at halftime, Portland battled back to within 100-93 and had the ball with 1:08 to play. But the Blazers turned the ball over, and that was the visitors’ last gasp.

Guards Monta Ellis, Brandon Jennings and J.J. Redick combined for 59 points and 8-for-14 3-point shooting for Milwaukee (34-32), currently the No. 8 team in the Eastern Conference.

Milwaukee native Wesley Matthews scored 28 points and knocked down a career-high seven 3-pointers for the Blazers, who were outscored 31-8 in the second quarter. LaMarcus Aldridge contributed 21 points and 15 rebounds.

The Bucks, ahead 27-23 after one quarter, started the second quarter with a 17-0 run to jump in front 44-23, Portland going nearly six minutes without a point. It didn’t get better through intermission for the Blazers, who shot .293 from the field, made 10 turnovers and were outrebounded 27-19 before the break.

The Blazers started the third quarter making 8 of 10 shots, including three 3s from Matthews, and used a 23-7 run to get within 65-54. The Bucks responded with a 9-0 tear to go ahead 74-54, and it seemed over.

Milwaukee’s lead was 89-70 when the Blazers made a final push, drawing to within 91-83 with 4:41 to go. The margin was 100-93 with still enough time for a miracle finish, but it wasn’t to be.

NOTES — Portland’s next action is Thursday night at Chicago. ... Jennings scored 24 points with seven assists and Ellis collected 21 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, three steals and three blocked shots. ... Portland point guard Damian Lillard had an off night, scoring only eight points on 2-for-10 shooting with 11 assists and six turnovers in 45 minutes. ... Nicolas Batum was the only other Blazer scoring in double figures with 15 points. ... Luke Babbitt came off the bench to knock down 3 of 4 treys and score nine points for the Blazers, who were 13 for 26 (.500) from beyond the arc.