McGrady leads Rockets past Bucks
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Tracy McGrady poured in 32 points on 11-of-19
shooting as the Houston Rockets downed the Milwaukee Bucks, 97-93, at Bradley
Yao Ming scored 23 points despite shooting 10-of-24 with seven rebounds and
Rafer Alston added 12 points with nine assists for the Rockets, who have won
two straight and three of four.
Houston shot 49 percent from the field.
Michael Redd led all scorers with 34 points, 12 from free throws for the
Bucks, who have dropped two in a row.
Charlie Bell contributed with 22 points off the bench and five assists while
Dan Gadzuric grabbed 12 boards in the loss.
The game remained tight for most of the first quarter, with each team trading
the lead, but Dikembe Mutombo put Houston up by five with a tip in and lay up
at the 3:24 mark. McGrady then hit a three and followed up with a jumper and
two free throws as the Rockets ended the opening frame with a 26-17 lead.
Milwaukee cut within four, 39-35, on a jumper by Brian Skinner with 3:51 left
in the second, but Houston increased its lead on a pair of Mutombo free throws
and a jumper and layup by McGrady for the 10-point advantage. The Rockets went
into halftime with a 48-39 lead.
It was much of the same in the third as Houston went up 73-50 with just under
three minutes remaining. Chuck Hayes capped a 14-4 burst with a layup as the
Rockets led 76-58 after three frames.
Redd opened the fourth with eight points, but the Bucks could only cut the gap
to four with little time left despite outscoring Houston, 28-17.
Milwaukee’s Charlie Villanueva had eight points…Mutombo finished with 10
points…Milwaukee shot 47 percent from the field…Houston turned the ball
over 14 times, compared to 11 from Milwaukee…Houston was 8-of-16 from three-
point range…The Rockets have won three of their last four in
Milwaukee…Attendance was 16,102.