NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, February 27th
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Bucks (27-28) at Houston Rockets (31-27), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Milwaukee Bucks snapped a three-game losing streak in
Dallas on Tuesday and will continue through the Lone Star State Wednesday when
they take on the Houston Rockets.
The Bucks bested the Mavs 95-90 on Tuesday, thanks to a large fourth-quarter
effort. Milwaukee won the final frame, 29-20 to end, not just a three-game
slide, but a three-game losing streak all by three points or fewer.
Monta Ellis had a spectacular all-around game against Dallas. He went off for
a game-high 22 points, but also handed out nine assists and pocketed six
"Monta was incredible all night long. He was all over the floor," Bucks
interim head coach Jim Boylan said.
J.J. Redick scored 14 off the bench in just his second game in a Bucks
uniform. Larry Sanders ran his streak of consecutive games with a blocked shot
to 37 and had 13 points and 13 rebounds. Mike Dunleavy also netted 13 and
Ersan Ilyasova scored 10 points.
The Bucks suspended center Samuel Dalembert for one game prior to the
Mavericks start. The veteran center lost his spot in the starting lineup to
Sanders and was suspended for a violation of team policy. He is expected to be
in uniform Wednesday night.
The Rockets have been off since Saturday's disappointing road loss to the
Washington Wizards, 105-103. Houston allowed an offensive rebound to Bradley
Beal when Emeka Okafor missed his second free throw with less that six seconds
on the clock.
The setback on Saturday ended a two-game winning streak, although the team has
taken five straight in the Toyota Center.
James Harden went for 27 against the Wiz and Chandler Parsons added 24. None
of the Rockets newly-acquired players (Thomas Robinson, Francisco Garcia and
Tyler Honeycutt) were in uniform Saturday, but all are expected to be
available Wednesday except Honeycutt, who was assigned to the D-League.
Carlos Delfino started in place of the traded Patrick Patterson, but the
Rockets announced on Tuesday that Donatas Motiejunas will get the start on
"He's gotten a lot stronger, he's gotten better, he's really been diligent and
he's been patient," said Houston head coach Kevin McHale. "I know he really
wanted to play earlier; in fact he's one of the few guys who ever said, 'Put
me down in the D-League, I need to play more.' He just keeps working hard and
he's going to get his chance."
The Rockets took the only meeting between the two teams this season, a 115-101
victory on Jan. 4 in Milwaukee. The Bucks have lost 12 of their last 14 in
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