HOUSTON (AP) -- After going scoreless and collecting three fouls
in the first half, Maurice Taylor redirected his aggression.
"I usually come out aggressive in the first half, but tonight I
didn't get many minutes because of foul trouble so I had to be
aggressive in the second half," Taylor said after scoring 19
second-half points to lead the Houston Rockets to a 103-89 victory
over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.
"I looked at it just like I was coming off the bench in the
first half," added Taylor, who played only three of his 23 minutes
in the first half.
The victory snapped a four-game losing streak, Houston's longest
of the season.
Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy was pleased with Taylor's
"He obviously had a tough first half. He found open seams in
the second half and did a great job of converting," Van Gundy
said. "The guys did a great job of finding him and I thought he
had a very productive second half."
The Rockets increased their lead gradually in the third period,
outscoring the Bucks 12-4 in the final 3:58 to take a 75-62 lead. A
pair of baskets by Taylor gave Houston an 82-67 lead before
Milwaukee scored seven straight to cut its deficit to 82-74 with
Two more baskets by Taylor moved Houston ahead 88-76, and the
Bucks were never closer than eight after that.
"He hit a lot of big shots from the wing and the foul line. He
stretched our defense and it was tough to match up with him,"
Neither team led by more the five in the first quarter, with
Milwaukee holding a 25-22 advantage going into the second period.
Houston moved ahead 40-34 with 5:08 left in the second period
after Mobley scored seven straight points, and the Rockets led
50-47 at the half.
Houston activated guard-forward Adrian Griffin from the
injured list Wednesday. He replaced guard Mike Wilks on the roster.
Wilks was placed on the injured list with plantar fascitis in his
right foot. ... Houston is 25-10 this season when scoring 80 points
or more and 2-11 when scoring less than 80 points ... The Bucks
have trailed by double figures in 29 of their 46 games this season
... The Bucks are 11-7 since Skinner returned to the starting
lineup on Dec. 30.