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Ariza hits 6 3s, Rockets rout Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Trevor Ariza hit a career-high six 3-pointers, scoring 22 points, and the Houston Rockets hit 16 shots from beyond the arc to rout the Milwaukee Bucks 127-99 on Wednesday night to snap a three-game losing skid.

Shane Battier was 6 of 6 from 3-point range, one short of his career high, and finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds as Houston's long-range attack came alive in a sizzling second-half performance.

Houston scored a season-high 127 points and shot a season-high 57.5 percent from the field. The Rockets were one off the franchise record for 3-pointers, set in 1999 against Toronto and tied in 2001 against Milwaukee.

Rookie Brandon Jennings scored 13 points to lead the Bucks, but scored Milwaukee's first nine points before going to the locker room with an uncontrollable cough. He returned a few minutes later without the same shooting touch.

Houston outscored Milwaukee 43-14 in the third quarter, turning a 57-52 halftime advantage into a 100-66 blowout. Aaron Brooks scored 15 points and had 12 assists, and Carl Landry chipped in 19 points for the Rockets.

Battier got Houston's second-half 3-party started and Houston hit 7 of 8 from behind the arc at one point, using spurts of 14-2 and 18-0 in the quarter.

Houston's eight 3-pointers in the third were the most 3s in a quarter for the franchise since knocking down nine on March 8, 2008, in the second quarter against New Orleans, according to STATS, LLC. Houston finished 16 of 23 from 3-point range.

While it appeared the Rockets might be the active team on the eve of the trading deadline with the biggest chip in Tracy McGrady yet to be moved, Milwaukee was the one caught up in rumors.

The Bucks, winners of six of the last nine, appeared on the verge of acquiring John Salmons from the Chicago Bulls after several reports said they had traded for the shooting guard who is due a little over $5.8 million next season.

Officials with the Bucks would not immediately confirm a deal had been reached, and a team spokesman said no trade would be announced on Wednesday night.

The Bulls are seeking salary cap relief for next year's free agent class while the Bucks have five expiring contracts available to deal. Bucks general manager John Hammond has said he'd make a trade to take on a longer contract if it made sense, and the Bucks have only four players currently under contract in 2011-12.

NOTES: Bucks F Hakim Warrick did not play. He has been drawing interest from numerous teams leading up to the trade deadline. Warrick is one of Milwaukee's expiring contracts along with Luke Ridnour, Kurt Thomas, Joe Alexander, Jerry Stackhouse and Francisco Elson. ... Houston's Brian Cook, Joey Dorsey and Jermaine Taylor did not play.