Bucks extend streak to six
Carlos Delfino had 16 points, and Monta Ellis added 14 points and nine assists for the surging Bucks, who have won six straight.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers. The only other bright spot for Portland was Brandon Roy, who made his first appearance at the Rose Garden since his abrupt retirement at the start of training camp.
The Blazers were coming off an eventful seven-game trip, during which they dismissed McMillan and traded forward Gerald Wallace and center Marcus Camby, both starters.
Interim Blazers coach Kaleb Canales, who started with the Blazers as a video intern in 2005, was greeted warmly by the home crowd when he when he was introduced to start the game, but his new team struggled defensively against the Bucks. Portland’s backups were 2 for 29 against Milwaukee.
The Bucks acquired Ellis, along with Ekpre Udoh and Kwame Brown from the Warriors in exchange for injured center Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson last week just before the trade deadline.
Ellis was a fan favorite in the Bay Area, and the deal angered fans who booed Warriors owner Joe Lacob during a halftime ceremony to retire Hall of Famer Chris Mulllins’ jersey Monday night.
The fallout from the trade had been made all the worse when Ellis and the Bucks visited Oracle Arena two days after the deal and beat the Warriors 120-98.
The Bucks jumped ahead in the second quarter, led by Delfino, who hit two consecutive 3-pointers to put Milwaukee up 42-29 midway through the quarter. His layup stretched the lead to 48-32, and the Bucks carried a 54-43 lead into the break.
Delfino’s jumper in the fourth quarter put Milwaukee up 90-64, and Portland fans began streaming for the exits.