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Sunday, November 27, 2022

Milwaukee finished Houston’s 7-game streak with a 123-114 victory AP News

HUSTON (AP) – Giannis Antetokounmpo had 41 points and 17 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks broke the Houston Rockets ’seven-game winning streak with a 123-114 victory on Friday night.

“I just wanted to be aggressive,” he said. “In the last game, I wasn’t as aggressive as I wanted to be.”

Houston hasn’t collapsed since finishing 24th in a 15-game losing streak. The Rockets took the lead at 10 at one point on Friday, and the Bucks hung on until they left in the fourth game.

Eric Gordon’s 3 points put Houston in 1st place and Khris Middleton scored the last five points of 7-0 to increase Milwaukee’s lead to 117-109 with four minutes left.

Houston scored the next three points by Christian Wood. But Jrue Holiday caught Garrison Matthews ’bad pass and hit him to Antetokounmpo, resulting in a score of 119-112 and sending the fans towards the outings.

Milwaukee head coach Mike Budenholzer was asked about the games between Antetokounmpo and Middleton.

“If you have a good team and have players like that, you will be lucky to give the ball into their hands and allow them to play,” he said.

Matthews led the Rockets with a season-high 23 points and the top 6 of his career with 3 points. Wood and Armon Brooks had 21 in Houston.

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Jae’San Tate scored 6 points for Houston and provided nine assists.

“He’s heartbroken, heartbroken and heartbroken about what’s going on,” coach Stephen Silas said.

Bobby Portis and Middleton added 21 points to Milwaukee as the Bucks won 11 of their 13 games.

Budenholzer spoke about the protection of Wesley Matthews, who signed less than a week ago.

“His focus is, I think, on you,” he said. “He was born prematurely in a good way and we are happy to have everything he brought to the table. I thought it was too big tonight. ”

Milwaukee were eight behind at the start of the fourth quarter and scored the next 10 points (3 from Antetokounmpo) and took a 100-98 lead with about 8 minutes left.

Gordon ended Houston’s drought a few seconds later, scoring 3 points.

Houston took a seven-point lead at half-time, but the Bucks opened the third quarter 10-3 and equalized 68 minutes before the end of the third quarter.

About two minutes later, when Antetokounpo’s shot put the Bucks ahead 75-73, the game was tied again.

Holiday hit two free throws to get Milwaukee twice at the end of the third quarter, but Josh Christopher hit 3 for Houston and extended the lead to 95-90 in the fourth quarter.

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TIP-INS

Bucks: Budenholzer received a technical response in the second quarter for shouting at officials about a rough call. … G George Hill missed his fourth game with a hyperextended right knee. … Holiday scored 12 points with seven assists.

Rockets: G Jalen Green missed the seventh game in a row with left-handed tension. … G Kevin Porter missed the third game with a left leg injury. … F Daniel House sat with his left ankle covered for the second game.

PARTY BLOCK

Antetokounmpo took two blocks to give him 805 points, leaving Alton Lister (804) behind in the history of the franchise.

He set a record in the middle of the second quarter when he was hit by a new player, Alperen Sengun.

“It’s a great time, a great compliment to my career, but I need to continue to improve, to defend better,” Antetokounmpo said.

SENGUN NIGHT

Sengun scored the highest 15 points of his career for Houston, but Silas kept him on the bench in the final minutes of the game.

“I wanted to figure out a way to keep him in the game, but when they were at Jannis 5, it was very difficult,” Silas said.

NEXT

Bucks: Visit the Nicks on Sunday.

Rockets: Visit Memphis on Saturday night.

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