Mon. Final: Bucks 124, Rockets 112
By Todd Welter
Next game: Wednesday, February 11 vs. Indiana
Opportunity has presented itself to Ramon Sessions and he has taken full advantage of those opportunities. Sessions scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to 124-112 home victory over the Houston Rockets.
Sessions has been lighting up the scoreboard ever since star guard Michael Redd was lost for the year eight games ago. Sessions has averaged 21.5 points per game over the last seven games without Redd and set a career-high of 44 points last Saturday night in a loss against Detroit. Sessions has also taken care of the point guard duties quite nicely the last two games since Luke Ridnour was lost for a month with a broken thumb. Sessions followed up the 12 assists he dished out against Detroit with seven in this victory.
"If I get an opportunity, make the most of it because in this league you never know when you are going to get opportunities so I just try to take advantage as much as I can," Sessions explained.
Sessions was not the only offensive bright spot as Richard Jefferson and Charlie Villanueva each scored 25 points. Charlie Bell provided 21 points off the bench with 15 coming in the first half. The Bucks started the game off red hot and never cooled off as the Bucks shot 52.8% from the field for the game. The Bucks had no problem sharing the ball with 31 team assists.
"We had 31 assists and seven turnovers; you'll take that 82 times if you can get it," Bucks head coach Scott Skiles said. "They just made some really good decisions with the ball."
The Bucks defense was more than just good in this rout. It was stellar. The Bucks held the Rockets to just 42.5% from the field. Rockets superstars Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady combined to score just 10 points. Ron Artest was the Rockets' top scorer with 20 points.
"We did a great job on those guys," Bell thought. "I don't think they had the energy they normally would have. It kind of look with the All-Star break approaching maybe they were a little tired and ready for the break. We took advantage of that tonight."
The Bucks took control of this game in third quarter when they outscored Houston 34-18 in the quarter to lead by 22 heading into the final quarter.
The Bucks (25-29) try to match their entire win total from last season on Wednesday night when Milwaukee hosts the Indiana Pacers.