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The Rockets couldn't break away from the Bucks all night, and Monta Ellis made them pay at the end.
Well, that was deflating. On a night where the Rockets could not get anything going and struggled to pull away late, Monta Ellis silenced the Toyota Center crowd with a stunning buzzer beater as the Bucks defeated the Rockets, 110-107.
Ellis finished the game with 27 points, 13 assists, 6 steals, and 6 rebounds, but it was his three points at the end that were the difference, as his fall-away, off-balance three doomed the Rockets at the buzzer. Here's how it went down:
The Bucks got a fluky offensive rebound with 20 seconds left as Chandler Parsons tripped over Ersan Ilyasova, and opted to put the ball in Brandon Jennings' hands. After Jennings dribbled out the clock to about two seconds, he gave the ball up to Ellis, who was at least 30 feet from the basket. Ellis rose up and tossed up a rushed prayer at the buzzer that went in, out, and back in, sending the Rockets to one of the most disappointing defeats of the season.
The loss was not without any silver linings. Donatas Motiejunas had a nice game in his first career start, notching 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists but being relegated to the bench after a few defensive breakdowns. Omer Asik had a ridiculous 16 and 22 and controlled the boards for the Rockets, but the team unfortunately was unable to rebound or defend with him on the bench.
In the end, the loss boiled down to an inability to hit open shots and take care of the ball. Monta Ellis got his hands on more balls than I can count, and the Rockets simply didn't make any adjustments to take him out of the game defensively.
The Rockets get a night off, and then return to the hardwood in a road game in Orlando. Hopefully, they can get back on track.