Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/22

Game 1: Saturday, December 22nd
Game 2: Wednesday, February 20th

Bucks 110

(14-9, 6-7 away)

Rockets 115


    Coverage: FSSW

    7:30 PM ET, December 22, 2001

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 20 25 30 35110
    HOU 28 15 36 36115

    Top Performers

    Mil: S. Cassell 28 Pts, 6 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl

    Hou: C. Mobley 39 Pts, 2 Reb, 6 Ast

    Mobley's 3-point game ignites Rockets

    HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Rockets anticipated plenty of open shots against Milwaukee. They made the most of their opportunities.

    Cuttino Mobley

    Cuttino Mobley hit seven 3-pointers and scored a season-high 39 points and the Rockets matched a franchise record for 3-points, snapping a 15-game losing streak with a 115-110 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.

    Houston shot 17-for-35 from 3-point range to tie a club record.

    "Coach was watching tape of Milwaukee with us this morning and he said 'Man, I wish I could suit up tonight,"' Mobley said. "He knew we would get a lot of open shots against their defense. It was up to us to make them and we did."

    Eddie Griffin scored 24 points, Walt Williams 22 and Moochie Norris 19 for Houston, which won for the first time since Nov. 20.

    "I'm just so happy for the guys. Now we can have a nice Christmas," Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "It was really one of the biggest moments of my career.

    "It's been a long time since we last won. I'm so proud of them."

    Ray Allen, Milwaukee's leading scorer, missed the first game of his career. Allen's streak of 388 straight starts ended due to tendinitis in his left knee. He had played in all 400 games in his career.

    "It does change the game plan (without Allen)," Cassell said. "It shows how much we miss him. This is a game we are supposed to win."

    Glenn Robinson led Milwaukee with 29 points. Sam Cassell added 28, Michael Redd scored 16 and Anthony Mason added 13.

    "We didn't get anything done," Milwaukee coach George Karl said. "We didn't cover the ball and we didn't cover the shooters.

    "I stress passing the ball and making stops. We passed the ball and executed well enough to win but we didn't make stops. We are a wobbly team right now in the conference."

    A 3-pointer by Mobley gave Houston an 84-79 lead with 9:28 remaining. The Rockets pushed their lead to 91-85 with 7:44 left before a basket by Cassell helped the Bucks close within 91-88 with 6:36 left.

    Griffin hit a 3-pointer that gave Houston a 99-92 lead with 4:42 left. Milwaukee countered with a six-point run, closing within one, 99-98, with 3:23 remaining.

    After Williams hit a 3-pointer to give the Rockets a 105-102 lead, Cassell hit a 3 to tie the game at 105 with 1:10 remaining.

    Griffin hit a 3-pointer and Kelvin Cato added three free throws as Houston moved out to a 119-105 lead with 19 seconds left.

    Mobley added four free throws in the closing seconds.

    The Bucks led 65-60 with 5:58 left in the third period and held a 71-66 advantage after a basket by Cassell.

    Mobley then hit three 3-pointes in the final three minutes of the period and Houston used a 13-4 run for a 79-75 lead after three periods.

    The Rockets led by as many as 12 in the second period, before Milwaukee scored nine straight points in the final two minutes of the half to take a 45-43 lead at the break.

    Game notes
    Steve Francis has missed 21 games in his career with the Houston Rockets. Houston is 3-18 in those games, and 0-14 in games Francis has missed this season. ... Oscar Torres is the highest scoring non-drafted rookie this season, averaging 8.9 points in 25 games and 13.8 points in the eight games in which he has started. He missed Saturday night's game due to a sprained left ankle.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 110 115
    FGM-FGA 46-88 (.523) 39-85 (.459)
    3PM-3PA 4-13 (.308) 17-35 (.486)
    FTM-FTA 14-21 (.667) 20-26 (.769)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-40 14-37
    Assists 24 28
    Turnovers 6 9
    Steals 6 1
    Blocks 2 2
    Fast Break Points 10 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 14 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Sam Cassell Cassell
    Points: 28
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Cuttino Mobley Mobley
    Points: 39
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0