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Terrence Jones' 36 points leads Rockets to over Bucks

Terrence Jones scored career-high 36 points

Posted: January 18, 2014 -- 10:17 pm CST.

HOUSTON, TX (Toyota Center) -- Terrence Jones did a little bit of everything Saturday night in the Rockets' 114-104 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Jones scored a career-high 36 points; grabbed 11 rebounds; blocked two shots; dished one assist and 1 steal. The only thing Jones didn't do was commit a turnover.

Jones became the second youngest player in Rockets history to post his first 30-point game at 22 years and nine days. Hakeem Olajuwon first netted 30 points vs. the L.A. Clippers (12/4/84) at 21 years and 318 days, adding two more 30-point outings that season prior to his 22nd birthday (42 points on 21 years and 320 days, 34 points on 21 years and 364 days).

"He's been comfortable," Kevin McHale said of Jones' play and consistency. "He's been rebounding well. He's been active. There's big things for Terrence if he just keeps his activity level up. He's got enough skill that he can put the ball on the floor. He can make shots; he can drive; he can finish; he can pass. He's a very versatile player and tonight he had it going."

Though the Rockets struggled to put the Bucks away until very late in the game, they never trailed in the ball game.

Jones led four Rockets in double digit scoring. James Harden chipped in 22 points. Dwight Howard scored 20 and grabbed 14 rebounds. Aaron Brooks scored 10 off the bench.

"Guys were just finding me on cuts," a modest Jones said. "I was trying to offensive rebound and do all the little things I've been doing. It was just coming to me tonight."

Milwaukee Bucks head coach, Larry Drew, "We just couldn't contain him. He was very aggressive early and we just did not do a good job from the physical standpoint against this kid (Jones) He just manhandled us on hustle plays, on second effort plays, he just totally from a physical standpoint, he out muscled us. Its one thing to go into a game with a game plan and we knew we had to slow down Dwight (Howard) and slow down James Harden and defend those guys at the three point line but you don’t factor in a guy like that having that type of game. You have to give credit where credit is due, he played a much more physical game, he beasted us. He had a phenomenal game."

The Rockets (27-15) host the Portland Trail Blazers Monday, January 20. Tip is set for 7 p.m.

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