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Brook Lopez had 24 factors and Khris Middleton scored 21 of his 23 within the second half to assist the Milwaukee Bucks beat the short-handed Houston Rockets 141-133 for his or her fifth consecutive victory
MILWAUKEE — Brook Lopez had 24 factors and Khris Middleton scored 21 of his 23 within the second half to assist the Milwaukee Bucks beat the short-handed Houston Rockets 141-133 on Friday night time for his or her fifth consecutive victory.
The Bucks (43-24) tied Brooklyn for second place within the Japanese Convention standings. The Bucks even have the tiebreaker benefit over Brooklyn as a result of they received two of their their three regular-season conferences.
Philadelphia (46-21) leads the East.
Jrue Vacation had 20 factors, Donte DiVincenzo 18 and Bobby Portis 16. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 17 factors, 11 rebounds and 7 assists regardless of coping with a abdomen ailment.
“A variety of guys performed effectively,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer stated. “Giannis (was) actually not feeling effectively and nonetheless offers us a ton.”
KJ Martin had 26 factors and 7 assists — each profession highs — in addition to seven rebounds for the Rockets earlier than fouling out. Kelly Olynyk added 23 factors, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. Armoni Brooks had 19 factors, one off his profession excessive.
Milwaukee earned a measure of revenge after falling 143-136 on April 29 at Houston. Antetokounmpo left that sport within the opening minute with a sprained proper ankle.
Houston had solely eight accessible gamers for the rematch. Among the many lacking Rockets was Kevin Porter Jr., who scored 50 factors towards the Bucks final week however couldn’t play Friday because of a sprained left ankle.
Khyri Thomas grew to become the twenty eighth participant to get in a sport for the Rockets this season — tying an NBA report — and he scored 16 factors and shot 6 of seven after signing a 10-day contract earlier Friday. Thomas stated he flew from Houston to Chicago after which made the 90-minute drive to Milwaukee.
“I am by no means going to take this second without any consideration,” Thomas stated. “Whether or not it is 10 days or the entire yr, I will take the chance and run with it.”
The Orlando Magic even have used 28 gamers this season. Different groups in NBA historical past to make use of 28 had been the 2015-16 and 2018-19 Memphis Grizzlies.
Milwaukee nonetheless struggled to place away the Rockets, who shot 25 of 53 from 3-point vary.
Rockets coach Stephen Silas stated he advised his gamers after the sport how proud he was of the way in which they competed beneath troublesome circumstances.
“That is undoubtedly one thing that we will look again on and hopefully construct from,” Silas stated.
Rockets: D.J. Augustin performed for the primary time since April 12 and scored 17 factors. This was Augustin’s first time dealing with the Bucks since they traded him to Houston in a March 19 deal that introduced P.J. Tucker to Milwaukee. … Rookie Anthony Lamb made his first profession begin and scored 14 factors. … Houston had a season-high 36 assists, probably the most the Bucks have allowed all yr.
Bucks: Middleton returned after lacking one sport because of a sore left knee. … After committing 14 turnovers within the first half, the Bucks had simply three within the second half. … Portis is having his basis deal with single moms to manicures and pedicures at a nail salon in his hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas. “My favourite vacation of the yr, it’s Mom’s Day due to my mother,” stated Portis, who was raised by a single mom. “She’s like my rock. She’s all the pieces to me.”
Rockets: At Utah on Saturday to proceed this four-game journey. The Rockets misplaced to the Jazz 114-99 at Salt Lake Metropolis on March 12 and 112-89 at Houston on April 21.
Bucks: At San Antonio on Monday. The Bucks beat the Spurs 120-113 in Milwaukee on March 20.
Comply with Steve Megargee at https://twitter.com/stevemegargee
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