HOUSTON -- The Milwaukee Bucks finally won in Houston, and
they did it without their big man.
Stephen Jackson and Brandon Jennings each scored 20 points,
Ersan Ilyasova had a career-high 19 rebounds after Andrew Bogut
sprained his left ankle, and the Bucks snapped an 11-game losing
streak in Houston with a 105-99 victory over the Rockets on
The 7-foot Bogut left in the first quarter and did not return.
He wore a protective boot after the game, and he walked out of the
locker room on crutches.
He had more tests scheduled for Thursday, and couldn't say when
he might return to action. Milwaukee plays in Chicago on Friday
"I'm not going to speculate," Bogut said, "but it feels
really sore and pretty painful. It's pretty swollen, the usual when
you do an ankle. Once we get the swelling down, we'll probably get
some MRIs and know a bit more."
The 6-10 Ilyasova ably filled in, blocking a shot and pulling
down 14 defensive rebounds. He had four rebounds in the third
quarter, when the Bucks outscored Houston 30-19 to retake control.
"I just try to bring the energy," Ilyasova said, "that's all
I try to do."
Milwaukee's shooters did the rest, sinking a season-high 14
shots from 3-point range to win in Houston for the first time since
Nov. 2, 1999, when the Rockets still played in the Compaq Center.
Kevin Martin scored 29 points, and Samuel Dalembert had 13
points and a season-high 18 rebounds for the Rockets, who had a
seven-game winning streak snapped. Houston was 8 for 31 from
3-point range and dropped to 7-2 at home this season.
The Rockets led by nine points at halftime, then let the Bucks
shoot 57 percent (12 of 21) in the third quarter to give it away.
"You can't let up that quickly," Houston coach Kevin McHale
said. "We had plenty of chances out there to take this game, to
control this game. In the third quarter, we let it get away from
The Rockets had started fast at home during their winning
streak, but missed their first six shots on Wednesday. Carlos
Delfino and Jennings hit 3-pointers during Milwaukee's opening 12-0
Bogut sprained his left ankle after colliding with Kyle Lowry on
a drive, and then awkwardly landing on the Rockets' point guard's
foot. He limped to the locker room with 2:31 left in the quarter,
and the Rockets finished with a 14-9 spurt to trail only 29-23.
The top overall pick in 2005, Bogut missed a game earlier this
month with concussion-like symptoms. That followed a four-game
absence to attend to personal business back home in Australia.
"Someone has a voodoo doll and is putting pins in me," he
Without Bogut inside, the Bucks shot 25 percent (6 for 24) and
were outrebounded 20-12 in the second quarter.
Martin swished a 3-pointer 18 seconds into the second half.
Houston held a double-digit lead for the 11th consecutive game, its
longest streak since 2008, when the Rockets built double-digit
leads in 20 consecutive games during their 22-game winning streak.
Jennings kept Milwaukee close with three 3-pointers in the third
quarter. Dunleavy's first 3-pointer since Dec. 30 cut the deficit
to one, and Beno Udrih's mid-range shot put the Bucks ahead 72-70
heading to the fourth.
Dunleavy was 0 for 13 from 3-point range in three previous games
since coming back from a groin injury.
"It's been a while since I made one," Dunleavy said. "When
you see it go in, you actually believe that there's not a lid on
there. After that, you shoot it a little bit more confidently."
The Bucks' lead swelled to 17 before the Rockets mounted a
charge, started by another 3-pointer by Martin. Lowry sank a
3-pointer and Goran Dragic scored on a drive to pull Houston within
four, at 98-94, with a minute left.
Drew Gooden swished two free throws with 33 seconds remaining,
though, and Milwaukee hung on for its third straight road win.
"That's big for us," Jennings said. "We just stayed together
toward the end of the game."
The Bucks were the only team in the league without a
victory in the Toyota Center. ... Bogut made his 400th career
start. He had a blocked shot before leaving, and now has a block in
10 consecutive games. ... Lowry had 10 assists. He has at least
eight assists in 12 games this season, and the Rockets are 8-4 in
those games. ... Houston had a 52-43 edge in rebounds.