Bucks begin life without Parker in Portland

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Portland Trail Blazers will take on the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday night at the Moda Center.

The Blazers have won seven of their last nine games, including Monday's 108-95 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 points and 14 rebounds, while Damian Lillard posted 23 points, 10 boards and six assists.

After the game, the Blazers announced center Robin Lopez suffered a broken right hand in the third quarter. No timeline was given as to how long the 7- footer would be sidelined, but Lopez said there are two fractures in the hand.

"I did hear it pop, but I didn't feel any pain or anything, so I was just trying to shake it off," Lopez said.

Milwaukee has won two in a row and three of its last five games.

In Monday's 96-94 win over the Phoenix Suns, Khris Middleton banked in a 3- pointer as time expired for the win.

"It wasn't pretty, but the guys kept fighting," said Bucks coach Jason Kidd. "We found a way to win."

Brandon Knight scored 20 points to lead the Bucks, who opened a four-game road trip on a positive note. The Bucks will also visit the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Clippers.

The win over Phoenix was not all roses for the Bucks.

Prize rookie Jabari Parker tore his ACL in the third quarter Monday night. The team confirmed the injury and announced Parker will most likely miss the remainder of the season following surgery.

Parker was a favorite to win Rookie of the Year honors. He was averaging 12.3 points (second among rookies) and 5.5 rebounds (third) in 29.5 minutes per game (third).

Milwaukee and Portland will also meet on Jan. 31 at the Bradley Center.

Portland won both meetings with Milwaukee last season.