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Bucks Turn To Ex-UNH Coach

  • FILE - This Nov. 19, 2012 file photo shows Milwaukee Bucks head coach Scott Skiles directing his team against the Charlotte Bobcats during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C. Skiles is out as Bucks head coach and the team says assistant Jim Boylan will take over for the rest of the season. Bucks general manager John Hammond made it official Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

    FILE - This Nov. 19, 2012 file photo shows Milwaukee Bucks head coach Scott Skiles directing his team against the Charlotte Bobcats during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C. Skiles is out as Bucks head coach and the team says assistant Jim Boylan will take over for the rest of the season. Bucks general manager John Hammond made it official Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

  • FILE - This Nov. 19, 2012 file photo shows Milwaukee Bucks head coach Scott Skiles directing his team against the Charlotte Bobcats during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C. Skiles is out as Bucks head coach and the team says assistant Jim Boylan will take over for the rest of the season. Bucks general manager John Hammond made it official Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

    FILE - This Nov. 19, 2012 file photo shows Milwaukee Bucks head coach Scott Skiles directing his team against the Charlotte Bobcats during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C. Skiles is out as Bucks head coach and the team says assistant Jim Boylan will take over for the rest of the season. Bucks general manager John Hammond made it official Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

  • FILE - This Dec. 30, 2012 file photo shows Milwaukee Bucks coach Scott Skiles during a timeout in the fourth quarter of a 96-94 loss to the Detroit Pistons in an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich. Skiles is out as Bucks head coach and the team says assistant Jim Boylan will take over for the rest of the season. Bucks general manager John Hammond made it official Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)

    FILE - This Dec. 30, 2012 file photo shows Milwaukee Bucks coach Scott Skiles during a timeout in the fourth quarter of a 96-94 loss to the Detroit Pistons in an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich. Skiles is out as Bucks head coach and the team says assistant Jim Boylan will take over for the rest of the season. Bucks general manager John Hammond made it official Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)

  • FILE - This Dec. 30, 2012 file photo shows Milwaukee Bucks coach Scott Skiles during a timeout in the fourth quarter of a 96-94 loss to the Detroit Pistons in an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich. Skiles is out as Bucks head coach and the team says assistant Jim Boylan will take over for the rest of the season. Bucks general manager John Hammond made it official Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)

    FILE - This Dec. 30, 2012 file photo shows Milwaukee Bucks coach Scott Skiles during a timeout in the fourth quarter of a 96-94 loss to the Detroit Pistons in an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich. Skiles is out as Bucks head coach and the team says assistant Jim Boylan will take over for the rest of the season. Bucks general manager John Hammond made it official Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)

  • FILE - This Nov. 22, 2008 file photo shows Montreal Alouettes head football coach Marc Trestman smiling during a press conference in Montreal. A person familiar with the interview says the Cleveland Browns will meet with Trestman. The Browns have scheduled their meeting in Chicago with Trestman, said the person who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, because of the sensitivity of the search. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette, File)

    FILE - This Nov. 22, 2008 file photo shows Montreal Alouettes head football coach Marc Trestman smiling during a press conference in Montreal. A person familiar with the interview says the Cleveland Browns will meet with Trestman. The Browns have scheduled their meeting in Chicago with Trestman, said the person who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, because of the sensitivity of the search. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette, File)

  • FILE - Milwaukee Buck head coach Scott Skiles argues a call during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, in this Dec. 5, 2012 file photo taken in San Antonio. Skiles and the Milwaukee Bucks have allegedly decided to part ways after just over four seasons together, ending a working relationship that seemed to been teetering on the brink for quite some time according to a person with knowledge of the move. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    FILE - Milwaukee Buck head coach Scott Skiles argues a call during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, in this Dec. 5, 2012 file photo taken in San Antonio. Skiles and the Milwaukee Bucks have allegedly decided to part ways after just over four seasons together, ending a working relationship that seemed to been teetering on the brink for quite some time according to a person with knowledge of the move. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

  • FILE - Milwaukee Buck head coach Scott Skiles argues a call during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, in this Dec. 5, 2012 file photo taken in San Antonio. Skiles and the Milwaukee Bucks have allegedly decided to part ways after just over four seasons together, ending a working relationship that seemed to been teetering on the brink for quite some time according to a person with knowledge of the move. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    FILE - Milwaukee Buck head coach Scott Skiles argues a call during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, in this Dec. 5, 2012 file photo taken in San Antonio. Skiles and the Milwaukee Bucks have allegedly decided to part ways after just over four seasons together, ending a working relationship that seemed to been teetering on the brink for quite some time according to a person with knowledge of the move. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

  • Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond discusses the departure of head coach Scott Skiles with reporters during an NBA basketball news conference on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013,  in Milwaukee. Hammond downplayed rumors of friction between Skiles and the team, and said that Skiles and the Bucks mutually agreed to part ways.  (AP Photo/Dinesh Ramde)

    Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond discusses the departure of head coach Scott Skiles with reporters during an NBA basketball news conference on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, in Milwaukee. Hammond downplayed rumors of friction between Skiles and the team, and said that Skiles and the Bucks mutually agreed to part ways. (AP Photo/Dinesh Ramde)

  • Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond discusses the departure of head coach Scott Skiles with reporters during an NBA basketball news conference on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013,  in Milwaukee. Hammond downplayed rumors of friction between Skiles and the team, and said that Skiles and the Bucks mutually agreed to part ways.  (AP Photo/Dinesh Ramde)

    Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond discusses the departure of head coach Scott Skiles with reporters during an NBA basketball news conference on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, in Milwaukee. Hammond downplayed rumors of friction between Skiles and the team, and said that Skiles and the Bucks mutually agreed to part ways. (AP Photo/Dinesh Ramde)

  • Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond, left, discusses the departure of head coach Scott Skiles with reporters during an NBA basketball news conference on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013,  in Milwaukee. Hammond downplayed rumors of friction between Skiles and the team, and said that Skiles and the Bucks mutually agreed to part ways.  (AP Photo/Dinesh Ramde)

    Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond, left, discusses the departure of head coach Scott Skiles with reporters during an NBA basketball news conference on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, in Milwaukee. Hammond downplayed rumors of friction between Skiles and the team, and said that Skiles and the Bucks mutually agreed to part ways. (AP Photo/Dinesh Ramde)

  • FILE - This Nov. 19, 2012 file photo shows Milwaukee Bucks head coach Scott Skiles directing his team against the Charlotte Bobcats during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C. Skiles is out as Bucks head coach and the team says assistant Jim Boylan will take over for the rest of the season. Bucks general manager John Hammond made it official Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
  • FILE - This Nov. 19, 2012 file photo shows Milwaukee Bucks head coach Scott Skiles directing his team against the Charlotte Bobcats during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C. Skiles is out as Bucks head coach and the team says assistant Jim Boylan will take over for the rest of the season. Bucks general manager John Hammond made it official Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
  • FILE - This Dec. 30, 2012 file photo shows Milwaukee Bucks coach Scott Skiles during a timeout in the fourth quarter of a 96-94 loss to the Detroit Pistons in an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich. Skiles is out as Bucks head coach and the team says assistant Jim Boylan will take over for the rest of the season. Bucks general manager John Hammond made it official Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)
  • FILE - This Dec. 30, 2012 file photo shows Milwaukee Bucks coach Scott Skiles during a timeout in the fourth quarter of a 96-94 loss to the Detroit Pistons in an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich. Skiles is out as Bucks head coach and the team says assistant Jim Boylan will take over for the rest of the season. Bucks general manager John Hammond made it official Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)
  • FILE - This Nov. 22, 2008 file photo shows Montreal Alouettes head football coach Marc Trestman smiling during a press conference in Montreal. A person familiar with the interview says the Cleveland Browns will meet with Trestman. The Browns have scheduled their meeting in Chicago with Trestman, said the person who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, because of the sensitivity of the search. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette, File)
  • FILE - Milwaukee Buck head coach Scott Skiles argues a call during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, in this Dec. 5, 2012 file photo taken in San Antonio. Skiles and the Milwaukee Bucks have allegedly decided to part ways after just over four seasons together, ending a working relationship that seemed to been teetering on the brink for quite some time according to a person with knowledge of the move. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
  • FILE - Milwaukee Buck head coach Scott Skiles argues a call during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, in this Dec. 5, 2012 file photo taken in San Antonio. Skiles and the Milwaukee Bucks have allegedly decided to part ways after just over four seasons together, ending a working relationship that seemed to been teetering on the brink for quite some time according to a person with knowledge of the move. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
  • Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond discusses the departure of head coach Scott Skiles with reporters during an NBA basketball news conference on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013,  in Milwaukee. Hammond downplayed rumors of friction between Skiles and the team, and said that Skiles and the Bucks mutually agreed to part ways.  (AP Photo/Dinesh Ramde)
  • Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond discusses the departure of head coach Scott Skiles with reporters during an NBA basketball news conference on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013,  in Milwaukee. Hammond downplayed rumors of friction between Skiles and the team, and said that Skiles and the Bucks mutually agreed to part ways.  (AP Photo/Dinesh Ramde)
  • Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond, left, discusses the departure of head coach Scott Skiles with reporters during an NBA basketball news conference on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013,  in Milwaukee. Hammond downplayed rumors of friction between Skiles and the team, and said that Skiles and the Bucks mutually agreed to part ways.  (AP Photo/Dinesh Ramde)

Milwaukee — Once again, an NBA team has parted ways with head coach Scott Skiles. Once again, veteran assistant Jim Boylan is being asked to pick up the pieces.

One day after Milwaukee and Skiles agreed it was time for a change, the Bucks said yesterday that Boylan, a former University of New Hampshire head coach, will coach the team for the rest of the season. General manager John Hammond downplayed the notion that Skiles had lost control of the locker room or otherwise felt friction with management.

If this sounds familiar, it should: Skiles was fired as head coach in Chicago on Christmas Eve in 2007 after the Bulls started 9-16. Boylan, an assistant in Chicago, took over and went 24-32. He was fired at the end of the season.

Skiles had a 162-182 record in four-plus seasons with Milwaukee, with one playoff appearance — a first-round loss to Atlanta in seven games during the 2009-10 season.

The 57-year-old Boylan has been the lead assistant for the Bucks the past four seasons. In a 20-year NBA coaching career, he has also been an assistant in Cleveland, Vancouver, Phoenix, Atlanta and Chicago.

Pacers 87, Heat 77

Indianapolis — Paul George had 29 points and 11 rebounds, and Indiana held Miami to a season-low point total.

George made four 3-pointers to get the best of his matchup with LeBron James. David West added 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Lance Stephenson chipped in with 13 points for the Pacers (21-14), who have won 11 of their last 13 games.

Nets 109, 76ers 89

Philadelphia — Reggie Evans grabbed a career-high 23 rebounds and Deron Williams scored 22 points to lead Brooklyn over Philadelphia.

Wolves 108, Hawks 103

Minneapolis — Nikola Pekovic had 25 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, Andrei Kirilenko added 21 points and Minnesota beat Atlanta.

Rockets 125, Lakers 112

Houston — James Harden scored 31 and Chandler Parsons added 20 to help the Rockets pick up their fifth straight win. Metta World Peace had a season-high 24 points for the Lakers, who were playing without their top three big men Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill — all out with injuries.

Men’s Hoop

No. 1 Duke 68, Clemson 40

Durham, n.c. — Quinn Cook scored a career-high 27 points and No. 1 Duke held Clemson to its lowest-scoring half in 12 years.

The Blue Devils (15-0, 2-0 ACC) shot 48 percent, built a 42-31 rebounding advantage and pulled away down the stretch to improve to 58-4 at home against the Tigers.

No. 10 Missouri 84, Alabama 68

Columbia, Mo. — Jabari Brown had career-bests of 22 points and five 3-pointers and Phil Pressey responded from a shaky first half with 11 points and 13 assists to lead Missouri in its SEC debut.

Trevor Releford had a career-best 26 points for Alabama (8-6, 0-1), which has lost six of eight. Coach Anthony Grant lost for the first time in seven career conference openers, three at VCU and four at Alabama.

Brown was 7 for 11 overall, three days after making only one of nine attempts in a two-point victory over Bucknell. The Oregon transfer has scored in double figures four of five games since becoming eligible at the semester break.

Earnest Ross added a season-best 19 points for Missouri (12-2, 1-0) and Alex Oriakhi helped the Tigers pull away with 10 of his 16 points over the final 11 minutes. He grabbed 11 rebounds.