Houston Rockets defeat Milwaukee Bucks, 127-99

  PLAYER OF THE GAME: Guard Trevor Ariza led Houston's three-point clinic, making six of seven shots from beyond the arc and finishing with 22 points.

He made eight of 11 shots overall. "We talked about their team," said Houston coach Rick Adelman. "They're very good on stepping in on you in the paint and taking charges. We said if the outside people are open, you have to penetrate with the idea of kicking (out)."

PLAY OF THE GAME: Among Houston's 8 three-point baske...

Rumor had it that the National Basketball Association's three-point shooting contest had been conducted last weekend during the league's all-star festivities in Dallas.

The Houston Rockets obviously didn't get that memo as they torched Milwaukee's "defense" for 16 three-point baskets and pummeled the Bucks, 127-99, Wednesday night at the Bradley Center.

The Rockets, who shot 69.6% from three-point range, fell one short of tying the team record for three-point baskets...

John Salmons played a huge role as the Chicago Bulls secured a playoff berth and nearly upset the Boston Celtics in a first-round series last season.

Now the Milwaukee Bucks are gambling he can have a similar impact for them in the final 30 games this season as they try to gain a playoff spot for the first time since 2006.

The Bucks were set to acquire the 6-foot-6 guard before Thursday's trade deadline in exchange for expiring contracts, league sources said, althoug...