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Stephen Jackson, Brandon Jennings lead Bucks over Rockets

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  • Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings loses the ball on a steal Wednesday from the Houston Rockets' Chandler Parsons in the first half.

      Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings loses the ball on a steal Wednesday from the Houston Rockets' Chandler Parsons in the first half.
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HOUSTON -- Stephen Jackson and Brandon Jennings each scored 20 points, Ersan Ilyasova had a career-high 19 rebounds after Andrew Bogut sprained his left ankle, and the Milwaukee Bucks snapped an 11-game losing streak in Houston with a 105-99 victory over the Rockets on Wednesday night.

Bogut left in the first quarter and did not return, but Milwaukee hit a season-high 14 shots from 3-point range to win in Houston for the first time since Nov. 2, 1999, when the Rockets still played in the Compaq Center.

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Kevin Martin scored 29 points, and Samuel Dalembert had 13 points and a season-high 18 rebounds for the Rockets, who had a seven-game winning streak snapped. Houston was 8 for 31 from 3-point range and dropped to 7-2 at home this season.

The Rockets had started fast at home during their winning streak, but missed their first six shots on Wednesday. Carlos Delfino and Jennings hit 3-pointers during Milwaukee's opening 12-0 run.

Bogut sprained his left ankle after colliding with Kyle Lowry on a drive, and then awkwardly landing on the Rockets' point guard's foot. He limped to the locker room with 2:31 left in the quarter, and the Rockets finished with a 14-9 spurt to trail only 29-23.

Jackson sank a 3-pointer and hit a turnaround jumper early in the second quarter, as the Bucks rebuilt their lead. Courtney Lee's 3-pointer from the corner then started a 13-2 Houston run, finished by Martin's 3-pointer that put the Rockets ahead for the first time.

The Rockets led 51-42 at the break, fueled by Martin's eight second-quarter points. Without Bogut inside, the Bucks shot 25 percent (6 for 24) and were outrebounded 20-12 in the second quarter.

Martin swished a 3-pointer 18 seconds into the second half. Houston held a double-digit lead for the 11th consecutive game, its longest streak since 2008, when they built double-digit leads in 20 consecutive games during their 22-game winning streak.

Jennings kept Milwaukee close with three 3-pointers in the third quarter. Mike Dunleavy's first 3-pointer since Dec. 30 cut the deficit to one, and Beno Udrih's midrange shot put the Bucks ahead 72-70 heading to the fourth.

Milwaukee stretched the margin to 10, mostly with free throws, and Houston coach Kevin McHale called timeout. Larry Sanders blocked Lowry on a drive, and Dunleavy and Jackson hit 3s as the Bucks stretched the lead to 17.

The Rockets then mounted a charge, started by another 3-pointer by Martin. Lowry sank a 3-pointer and Goran Dragic scored on a drive to pull Houston within four, at 98-94, with a minute left.

Drew Gooden swished two free throws with 33 seconds remaining, though, and Milwaukee hung on for its third straight road win.

NOTES: The Bucks were the only team in the league without a victory in the Toyota Center. ... Bogut made his 400th career start. He had a blocked shot before leaving, and now has a block in 10 consecutive games. ... Lowry had 10 assists. He has at least eight assists in 12 games this season, and the Rockets are 8-4 in those games. ... Houston had a 52-43 edge in rebounds.

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