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SCORESHEET: Terrence Jones scores 36; Ben Crane moves up leaderboard

by: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - TERRENCE JONESFormer Jefferson High star Terrence Jones had a career-high 36 points, plus 11 rebounds, to lead the Houston Rockets over the Milwaukee Bucks 114-104 on Saturday at Houston.

"We just did not do a good job from a physical standpoint against this kid," Milwaukee coach Larry Drew said. "He just manhandled us on hustle plays and second-effort plays. ... He beasted us, and he had a phenomenal game."

Jones, who turned 22 on Jan. 9, became the second-youngest Rocket in franchise history to score more than 30 points. Hakeem Olajuwon had 42 at Golden State on Dec. 6, 1984, 45 days shy of his 22nd birthday.

Jones, a 6-9, second-year power forward, scored 21 points in the second quarter against the Bucks, who have the NBA's worst record (7-32).

Jones finished 14 of 20 from the field and 7 of 10 at the free-throw line in 38 minutes.

"I was just playing through our offense, and guys were just finding me on cuts and (I) just tried to grab offensive rebounds," Jones said. "It was just coming to me tonight."

Houston, which will play host to the Trail Blazers on Monday night, improved to 27-15.

Jones had five dunks in a 25-point first half.

"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," Houston coach Kevin McHale said. "He's a very versatile player, and tonight he had it going."

  •  Beaverton's Ben Crane moved up nine spots on Saturday and is tied for seventh with one round to go at the Humana Challenge, a PGA Tour event at La Quinta, Calif.

    Crane birdied the final three holes in the third round to card a 65 on the Palmer Private course and post a 54-hole total of 17-under-par 199.

    He trails the leader, Patrick Reed, by 10 shots. Reed, who has shot 63-63-63, has a seven-stroke edge on his nearest challengers, Charley Hoffman and Brendon Todd, going into the final round of the former Bob Hope Classic.

    Portland native Peter Jacobsen failed to make the cut for the final round, shooting a 71 on Saturday for a 218 total.