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The Bucks were without top rebounder Andrew Bogut, who missed his third straight game because of back spasms. Bogut is averaging 10.4 boards a game.
Bogut's absence helped Oden, and the Bucks were forced to go with a smaller lineup when Dan Gadzuric got into foul trouble.
It was Oden's team-high 12th double-double.
"It's hard because the season's so long and you're going to have ups and downs, especially as a rookie," Blazers guard Brandon Roy said. "But I think the good thing about it is that he's definitely staying involved with trying to loosen up. It's not like he's going to happen to wake up one morning and be totally loose. He's going to have to continue to work on it."
Now the question is whether Oden can keep it up. The Trail Blazers host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
"I'm not going to say I'm all the way disappointed with myself or down on myself," he said, "I'd just say I need to step up my game."
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