On Saturday night, the Milwaukee Bucks finished their Texas tour with a visit to Houston to take on the Rockets. After falling behind by 20 at the half, the Bucks were unable to complete the comeback, falling by a score of 112-108.
Giannis Antetokounmpo got the scoring going with two quick inside buckets. From there, Alperen Şengün took command of the Rockets’ offense, tallying five of the team’s first seven points. Jalen Green gave Houston a five point lead, but back-to-back 3-pointers by Malik Beasley and Bobby Portis put Milwaukee back in front. Damian Lillard gave the Bucks a two point lead, but the Rockets ended the quarter on a 13-0 run to take a 29-18 lead into the second.
Quick points from Pat Connaughton and Giannis got the Bucks back in it, but a three from Aaron Holiday and 2-pointers from Şengün and Jae’Sean Tate widen the lead once again. Brook Lopez and Giannis scored late, but the Rockets ultimately dominated to take a 63-43 advantage at the half.
Dame and Giannis came out of the locker room swinging, knocking down shots right out of the break. The Bucks spent almost the entire third quarter trying to dig their way out of the hole they built in the first half, and Giannis was carrying the offensive load. At the end of the third, the Rockets led 89-73.
Giannis and MarJon Beauchamp were the stars in the early stages of the fourth quarter, but the Rockets had enough answers on offense to protect the lead. With the Bucks inching closer, Jabari Smith Jr. knocked down a huge three to make the score 108-99, and the Rockets were able to hold them off for the rest of the way.
Stat That Stood Out
The Bucks’ starters had a really tough time shooting from deep tonight. The group shot a combined 4-for-22 from deep, good for an ugly 18% mark (honestly, it felt worse than that). The main culprits of the stinker were Dame (1-for-8), Brook (1-for-6) and Khris (0-for-5).