Wesley Matthews scores GameHigh 18pts vsBucks

Wesley Matthews was the first player off the bench Tuesday night for the Portland Trail Blazers, subbing in at the small forward position. He was greeted with a nice ovation from the crowd as he was announced. Matthews led all scorers with 18 points on 7-of-15 from the field and 2-of-8 from three-point range. He also connected on both of his free throw attempts.

Matthews' first basket came on a fastbreak dunk. Later in the first, he connected on a three-point shot with six seconds remaining to cut Milwaukee's lead down to six.

The second-year pro's highest scoring output came in the second quarter with nine points. Those baskets came on three lay-ups and a three-point shot.

Matthews' only other field goal came early in the fourth quarter on a fastbreak lay-up.

Matthews also recorded five rebounds and four assists, but committed three turnovers in just under 28 minutes on the floor.

Head coach Nate McMillan on Matthews:

"Wesley came in and brought some energy. Scrappy defensively, but offensively I thought he was aggressive tonight."

Matthews quote:

"My teammates were finding me and I was able to make plays. Brandon Roy is going to draw a lot of attention. L.A. (LaMarcus Aldridge) is going to draw a lot of attention. You've got to move and make the game easy for them. By doing that, you get open looks."

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