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Rapid Recap: Bucks 141, Rockets 133

A bit tougher than expected, but a win is a win

NBA: Houston Rockets at Milwaukee Bucks Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

While it was a much closer game than we all anticipated, the Bucks were able to get the job done vs. the Houston Rockets, 141-133. Box Score

This one started out just as you would’ve expected, as the Bucks quickly leapt out front. However, the Rockets took advantage of six Milwaukee turnovers, paving the way to an all level score of 34 apiece after the end of one.

Turnovers would remain the primary issue for the Bucks in the second quarter. That amount would more than double to 14 at halftime, which allowed the Rockets to stick around. At the break, Milwaukee clung onto a 64-63 lead.

The third quarter would feature the Bucks playing more well-rounded basketball. In the closing minutes, strong play from Donte DiVincenzo and Bryn Forbes helped Milwaukee pad their lead to 107-92 going into the fourth quarter.

From that point on, things were pretty much in Milwaukee’s favor. It’d be single digits in the final seconds, but the Bucks were never in trouble of having their lead fully evaporate. They’d earn the win, 141-133.

Stat That Stood Out

In the first half, turnovers were what really plagued Milwaukee and provided the recipe for Houston to hang around. 14 turnovers after two quarters was not helping the Bucks in any facet at all, and you could see clear as day just how frustrating it was to Budenholzer. However, the Bucks were able to right the ship. In the third quarter, they committed just one turnover. That was the moment where the pendulum really swung in Milwaukee’s favor and didn’t look back.