The Portland Trail Blazers are at the midpoint of an unbelievably successful NBA season, and they're showing that they know how to sur NBAvive as the team everybody wants to beat.

Portland ran its record to 34-7 Sunday night with a come-from-behind 116-112 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks."We've had the best record for a long time," Portland coach Rick Adelman said. "Our guys have handled that well. They have the maturity now to realize what it takes when everybody's ready to play you. Everybody's going to be up for us.

"I think that's the thing I'm most pleased about is that we really have responded well to that new role we have this year, and that's really gratifying."

The game was the only one in the NBA on Sunday.

Against Milwaukee, the Blazers came from nine points down in the finaly 7 1/2 minutes, with Portland's Mr. Clutch, Terry Porter, making the big shots in the final minutes.

Porter had only five points before scoring nine in the final 3:14, including two game-clinching free throws with six seconds to go, as the Blazers won their fourth in a row.