Bucks at Rockets
Lead Changes: 9
Times Tied: 14

Box Score and Recap

Attendance: 16,186
Duration: 2 hours, 5 minutes

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On the game
Obviously we has tremendous trouble with Kevin Martin. We just couldnt stay with him. Thats what the guy does. He can score, move without the basketball and get to the free throw line.

On the slow first half     
Both teams in the first half missed a ton of shots. Its hard to score in the low eighties and win games in this league. Houston hurt us on the glass and we just didnt execute well. Both teams initially, just couldnt hit shots. We had a chance to come back because Houston wasnt shooting well either.

On his injury in the first half  
I twisted my left ankle and Ive had problems with that since last year. I went in the locker room and was able to come out and play.

On the key to the game    
Houston had some big rebounds and Kevin Martin hit big shot after big shot. We were right there but we just gave Houston too many opportunities.

On Martins play
Hes a very crafty player and he knows how to drive and get to the free throw line. You have to pick your poison in guarding him because he is such a great shooter.

On his teams play
For some reason we had no energy. It was looking like everybody was tired. It looked like we were just worn out. We have to get some energy as a team. We are all searching for something.

On the Rockets   
Houston was fresh and played very hard. It was the kind of game when the first who makes a big run was going to win the game. Kudos to them because they did it.

On Kevin Martin   
Hes an unorthodox player but that is what makes him so hard to stop. He is herky-jerky and moves well without the ball and also shoots the ball well from outside. He is a great player.

On the game
In the first half neither team shot the ball well. It was an ugly first half. We couldnt hit shots in the fourth quarter to stay with the Rockets.

On Kevin Martins play     
K-Mart can score with the best of them. Ive seen it before first-hand. He can get to the line and put the basketball in the hole. He is one of the best scorers in the league.

BRIGHTER SKIES AHEAD After facing an NBA-high 26 opponents with records of .500 or better so far this season, the Bucks next four opponents have a combined record of 56-103 (.352). The Bucks are 5-5 so far when facing opponents with a -.500 record.

THE DISH In the 12 games without Brandon Jennings this season, Keyon Dooling (5.3) and Earl Boykins (3.5) are combining to average 8.8 assists per game. In the first 25 games of the season, the two combined to average 3.7 assists. With Jennings, the Bucks were averaging 18.0 assists and 13.8 turnovers; without him, 17.5 and 13.7. In the past 12 games, Dooling has a 3.53:1 assist to turnover ratio.

Corey Maggette leads the Bucks in made free throws this season with 143. His 4.5 made free throws per game ranks 24th in the NBA. Of those players averaging 4.5 FTs per game, Maggette averages the fewest minutes with 19.6. All others average over 30 minutes per game. Maggette stands in 52nd place in all-time free throws made in the NBA with 4,263 and needs 30 to top Jack Sikma (4,292) for 50th place.

NO LITTLE ACCOMPLISHMENT With his eight points against San Antonio, Bucks 5-5 point guard Earl Boykins has tallied 5,546 points over his 12-year NBA career and is 12th in career points for players under 6-feet. Boykins needs 469 points to pass Fred Scolari for 11th place. Out of the 11 players ahead of Boykins, only one (5-3 Muggsy Bogues) is 5-5 or shorter.

  • With his 12 points against Philadelphia on Friday, John Salmons has scored in double digits in each of the past 13 games. Over those contests, he is averaging a team-high 16.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.2 steals. Salmons is also connecting on 53.2 percent (25-47) from long range in those 13.

  • The Bucks had a 17-6 advantage in second chance points in their loss to Philadelphia, thanks to their 11-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. On the season, the Bucks are averaging 11.4 offensive boards to their opponents 9.4.

  • Andrew Bogut notched his 13th double-double of the season Friday with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Bogut is the only player in the NBA currently averaging at least 13.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.

  • The Bucks have recorded an equal or greater number of rebounds than their opponents in seven of the last eight games. In those games, they are outrebounding their opponents 43.8-40.1 per game. The Bucks rank third in the league in defensive rebound percentage, collecting 76.5 percent of the available boards.

  • The Bucks dished out a season-high 28 assists Friday against Philadelphia. Earl Boykins contributed a seasonhigh 11 assists and zero turnovers, while Andrew Bogut added five assists and Keyon Dooling chipped in four. Ironically, Boykins 11-assist performance marked the first time he topped 10 assists since Jan. 12, 2007, when he was on his first stint with the Bucks. Milwaukees opponent that night? Philadelphia.

  • A few milestones are on the horizon for the Bucks: Drew Gooden is (448) two steals away from 450 and (396) four blocks from 400; Earl Boykins (1,998) is two assists from 2,000. 13.8 15.1
*Projected Starters by Bucks.com

Player Injury
Brandon Jennings Sore left ankle
Carlos Delfino Concussion-like symptoms
Michael Redd Left ACL/MCL
Player Injury
Brad Miller Sore left knee
Yao Ming Stress fracture

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