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Friday, Dec. 11, 2009

Bucks' Jennings hurt in win

MILWAUKEE (AP) Rookie Brandon Jennings said he needed to be aggressive from the start. It almost cost him in the end.

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In heavy traffic: Detroit's Chucky Atkins drives to the basket against Philadelphia on Wednesday night. AP PHOTO

Jennings scored 22 points before hyperextending his left knee near the close of the third quarter and the Milwaukee Bucks shot 52.5 percent to beat the Toronto Raptors 117-95 on Wednesday night.

"I went to the rack, came down funny and just hyperextended it," said Jennings, who said he was scared as soon as it happened. "I don't like knee injuries anyway, I've never had any, but from seeing other people with knee injures, you can be out a long time."

Jennings said he should be ready to play in the Bucks' next game, Saturday against Portland.

Milwaukee, losers of eight of 10, snapped a four-game skid by controlling this game from the start and ended Toronto's three-game winning streak.

"We were just trying to stop the losing streak, that's the main thing," Jennings said. "For me, I think I just have to start attacking more. I come off a little passive at first and I need to be more aggressive."

The 20-year-old Jennings came in shooting 32.5 percent in his previous nine games, but against the woeful Raptors, he was 8-of-14 from the field and his 14 first-quarter points gave Milwaukee a comfortable cushion.

Ersan Ilyasova and Roko Ukic had 17 points each, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had 16, Luke Ridnour 15, Carlos Delfino 14 and Andrew Bogut 12 for the Bucks.

Milwaukee led by double digits almost throughout and the Bucks were cruising until Jennings crumpled to the floor in a collision driving to the basket. He sat out for half the fourth quarter before playing 4 more minutes. He then returned to the bench for more treatment and had the knee wrapped in ice after the game.

Pistons 90, 76ers 86

In Philadelphia, Rodney Stuckey scored 27 points and hit the winner with 8.7 seconds left to lead Detroit to a win over the Sixers, their 11th straight loss.

Allen Iverson scored 11 points in his second game back with Philadelphia. He hit the tying jumper with 1:06 left that made it 86-86.

Hawks 118, Bulls 83

In Atlanta, Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 29 points as Atlanta opened the second half with a 20-4 run.

Derrick Rose led Chicago with 19 points. James Johnson had 17 — all in the final period — and John Salmons added 16.

Warriors 105, Nets 89

In East Rutherford, N.J., Monta Ellis scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half as Golden State snapped a four-game losing streak.

Reserve C.J. Watson also scored 18 and former Nets center Mikki Moore had 16 on a series of dunks for the Warriors.

Trail Blazers 102, Pacers 91

In Indianapolis, Brandon Roy scored 29 points to lead Portland over Indiana.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points and eight rebounds, and Andre Miller scored 15 for the Trail Blazers (14-9), who snapped a four-game road losing streak.

Hornets 97, Timberwolves 96

In Minneapolis, Chris Paul streaked past Jonny Flynn on an inbounds pass to hit a layup with 1.4 seconds left to lift New Orleans to a win.

Paul finished with 15 points and 14 assists. Trailing by one point with 3.9 seconds to go, Paul threw an inbounds pass to David West. As Flynn turned his head, Paul raced to the basket for a backdoor layup and the win.

Rockets 95, Cavaliers 85

In Houston, Aaron Brooks scored 27 points, Trevor Ariza added 26 and Houston held LeBron James and the Cavs to one of their worst performances.

James scored 27 points, but went only 8-for-21 from the field. No other Cleveland starter reached double figures.

Spurs 118, Kings 106

In San Antonio, Richard Jefferson broke out of a slump with 23 points.

Lakers 101, Jazz 77

In Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored 27 points, and Pau Gasol had 19 points and 12 rebounds as the Lakers rolled off 19 consecutive points in the fourth quarter of their 10th straight victory.

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