Rockets lose to Bucks
By Chris Bello
Daily Cougar Staff
Win one, lose one. This seems to be a recurring
theme for the Rockets. The team is 3-3 in its last six games.
One thing is for sure — the team's schedule
isn't going to get any easier. Nine out of its next 10 games will be against
current playoff contending
On Wednesday night, the Rockets lost to
the Milwaukee Bucks as second-year guard Michael Redd blew away Houston
with 29 points on
9-of-13 shooting, including nine three-pointers.
Eight of those three-pointers came in the fourth quarter, setting an NBA
The Rockets will return home for a three-game
home stand to face Minnesota, Boston and the L.A. Clippers.
On Monday, Houston traveled to Washington
to take on Michael Jordan and the Wizards. With Steve Francis' status questionable
prior to the
game due to another migraine, things were
looking doubtful for the struggling Rockets.
Despite the migraine, Francis was returning
to his hometown and didn't want to let his friends and family down. He
decided to tough it out and
play through the pain. This was the boost
the Rockets needed to upset the Wizards, 102-89.
Francis was 3-3 behind the arch and scored
16 of his 20 points in the second half. Cuttino Mobley led all scorers,
chipping in 31 points on
11-of-17 shooting from the field.
Solid play from Kenny Thomas and Moochie
Norris, who was two rebounds shy of a triple-double, also helped fuel the
Rockets as they got out to
a 10-point lead early in the fourth. Prior
to this, the game remained relatively close with Washington holding on
to a one-point advantage at the
Jordan was limited in his performance due
to swelling in his right knee caused by tendonitis, from which he has suffered
all season long. He
scored only 11 points on 6-of-15 shooting.
Coach Rudy Tomjanovich collected his 450th
career win on his 10th anniversary as head coach of the Rockets. This ties
him with Billy
Cunningham for 25th place on the all-time
career wins list.
The Sacramento Kings remain on top with
a league-best record of 40-13. In the East, the No. 1 seed currently belongs
to New Jersey, which has
a record of 35-17.
Also, only three trades have been made
with the trade deadline ending at 6 p.m. The most prominent trade consisted
of seven players, sending
Jalen Rose, Travis Best, rookie Norm Richardson
and a conditional second-round pick for Brad Miller, Ron Mercer, Ron Artest
and Kevin Ollie.
Another involved the Phoenix Suns and the
Boston Celtics. The Suns sent veteran forward Rodney Rogers and guard Tony
Delk for rookie
forward Joe Johnson and guards Milt Palacios
and Randy Brown.
Another player making his way to a new
team was Nick Van Exel of the Nuggets (who got shipped to the Dallas Mavericks).but
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