Friday, February 22, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 99



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 record.

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 work magic on

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