NBA Game Summary - Houston at Milwaukee
(Monday, February 9th)
Final Score: Milwaukee 124, Houston 112
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Ramon Sessions led a balanced scoring attack with 26 points to go with seven assists, leading Milwaukee to a 124-112 victory over Houston and snapping the Bucks' eight-game losing streak against the Rockets.
Milwaukee, playing without guards Michael Redd (knee) and Luke Ridnour (thumb) as well as center Andrew Bogut (back), had lost its previous two games but shot 52.8 percent from the floor and forced 18 turnovers.
Richard Jefferson and Charlie Villanueva each scored 25 points, while Charlie Bell added 21 points off the bench in the victory.
"I thought everybody played well offensively," said Bucks coach Scott Skiles. "Richard had a nice game, he did a good job breaking them down. We had 31 assists and seven turnovers; you'll take that 82 times if you can get it. They just made some really good decisions with the ball."
Aaron Brooks had 23 points, while Luis Scola and Ron Artest each logged 20 points for Houston, which had won three of four prior to its test in Brew City. Yao Ming grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds but was held to seven points.
Tracy McGrady was also shut down with a mere three points on 1-of-9 shooting.
"Our offense is really not clicking," said McGrady. "We scored 100 points tonight, but our offense is really not fluent. It's not running fluent. There's too much 1-on-1, there's no ball movement. We're just a team that doesn't have an identity. We don't know who we are and we have to find that."
A 12-2 Milwaukee run early in the first quarter set the tone for the game. The hosts led 32-25 after one period and clung to a 64-58 lead at the break.
A two-minute stretch midway through the third essentially sealed the bout, as Villanueva powered the Bucks on a 14-0 run. The UConn product started the rally with a pair of free throws, added a jumper and increased the margin to 87-65 with back-to-back three-pointers around the four-minute mark.
The lead stayed the same, 98-76, entering the fourth, and the Rockets didn't have the fire power to mount a miracle comeback.
Milwaukee signed guard Eddie Gill to a 10-day contract on Monday...Keith Bogans, who was making his home debut since being traded last week from Orlando, scored 13 points for the Bucks...Milwaukee committed just eight turnovers...Houston shot 12-for-26 from three-point range, while the Bucks made 10-of-20 from downtown.
02/10 00:55:21 ET