Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 2/4

Game 1: Wednesday, February 4th
Bucks89Final
Rockets103
Game 2: Sunday, March 28th
Rockets111Final
OT
Bucks107

Bucks 89

(26-22, 7-17 away)

Rockets 103

 

7:30 PM ET, February 4, 2004

Toyota Center, Houston, TX

1 2 3 4 T
MIL 25 22 15 2789
HOU 22 28 25 28103

Top Performers

Milwaukee: J. Smith 13 Pts, 15 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

Houston: S. Francis 23 Pts, 5 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

Houston snaps four-game losing streak

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 second-half play.

"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."

Steve Francis, returning from a team-imposed one-game suspension, led Houston with 23 points, followed by Cuttino Mobley and Taylor with 19 each, Yao Ming with 16 and Jim Jackson with 14.

Brian Skinner led Milwaukee with 17 points. Joe Smith had 13 and Tim Thomas Michael Redd and Desmond Mason had 12 each.

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 6:25 left.

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," Skinner said.

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.

Game notes


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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIL
HOU
Points 89 103
FGM-FGA 32-86 (.372) 38-77 (.494)
3PM-3PA 4-13 (.308) 7-19 (.368)
FTM-FTA 21-27 (.778) 20-22 (.909)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-46 7-37
Assists 19 21
Turnovers 10 10
Steals 4 7
Blocks 4 5
Fast Break Points 4 3
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 20 (1/0)

Top Performers

Milwaukee
Houston
Joe Smith Smith
Points: 13
Reb: 15
Ast: 1
Stl: 1
Blk: 3
Steve Francis Francis
Points: 23
Reb: 5
Ast: 7
Stl: 1
Blk: 2