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