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James Harden and Jason Terry Lead Rockets Past Bucks, 117-103

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The Houston Rockets bounded back from an embarrassing home loss the night before to the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Just a night after suffering their worst defeat of the season, the Houston Rockets went on the road to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks, 117-103.

The Rockets were once again without starting point guard Patrick Beverly, starting center Dwight Howard and back up point guard Isaiah Canaan.  Starting in their stead at point guard tonight was 37 year old, Jason Terry.

Terry, (18 points, five assists, six rebounds) like the rest of the Rockets, were pretty cold to start the game, but he did prove that his old man legs still have enough JET fuel in them to take off every now and again for an in game dunk.

Donatas Motiejunas (my apologies for the constant misspellings on Twitter) also had an incredible night out for the Rockets.  He was 9-13 from the field and 2-3 from the charity stripe for 20 points to go with six rebounds, four assists, and zero turnovers.

The Bucks were going to hang around a while though.  Jabari Parker led the Bucks with 19 points and 9 boards, including making his first free throws of the season at home tonight, did what he could to make the Bucks competitive against the injury stricken Rockets.

The Bucks took advantage of James Harden looking to get his teammates involved early and the Rockets doing what they could to let them hang around.  Harden had only 12 of his 34 points in the first half, but he did have four assists, four rebounds, two steals and a block, while shooting 2-4 from the floor (1-1 from three) and was 7-7 from the line as the Rockets did go into the break leading by only seven points.

After coming out from the "15 minute" break the Rockets and especially Harden were hot to start the third quarter.  Harden and Terry pushed the lead up over 13 points consistently, with Harden scoring 19 more points and adding two more steals and two more assists.

Heading into the fourth quarter the game was never in much danger of slipping away.  Trevor Ariza also chipped in with 18 points and 10 rebounds while Kostas Papanikolaou was the only other Rocket in double figures with 12 points.

The icing on the cake was this steal and dunk by Kostas Papanikolaou on Larry Sanders:

The Rockets have a few days off now before hosting the West leading Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, December 3rd.  Game is at 7:oo PM on CSNH.

Houston Rockets at Milwakee Bucks
Nov 29, 2014 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH SCORE
Houston (13-4) 28 25 32 32 117
Milwakee (10-8) 23 23 26 31 103
Houston Rockets
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A REB AST STL BLK TO PTS
Jason Terry 34:37 7-15 4-8 0-0 6 5 0 0 0 18
James Harden 38:16 9-14 4-5 12-13 6 8 4 1 5 34
Tariq Black 21:03 4-6 0-0 0-0 5 1 0 0 0 8
Trevor Ariza 40:33 5-18 4-12 0-0 10 3 2 0 3 14
Donatas Motiejunas 30:58 9-13 0-1 2-3 6 4 0 0 0 20
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A REB AST STL BLK TO PTS
Joey Dorsey 12:31 2-2 0-0 0-0 5 0 0 3 1 4
Kostas Papanikolaou 28:34 5-6 2-2 0-0 3 4 1 0 1 12
Nick Johnson 13:13 1-5 0-3 0-0 1 0 0 0 2 2
Francisco Garcia 18:19 1-7 0-6 0-0 2 1 0 1 1 2
Troy Daniels 01:46 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Isaiah Canaan -- DID NOT PLAY --
Dwight Howard -- DID NOT PLAY --
Patrick Beverly -- DID NOT PLAY --
TEAM TOTALS 44-87 15-38 14-16 44 24 7 5 13 117
Milwakee Bucks
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A REB AST STL BLK TO PTS
Brandon Knight 28:49 4-8 2-2 2-2 1 2 2 0 0 12
O.J. Mayo 21:57 2-10 0-3 2-2 2 1 0 0 0 6
Larry Sanders 23:44 3-3 0-0 5-8 5 1 0 3 1 11
Giannis Antetokounmpo 34:42 7-12 0-1 3-3 7 2 0 2 0 17
Jabari Parker 31:49 3-7 0-0 13-14 9 5 2 0 4 19
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A REB AST STL BLK TO PTS
Khris MIddleton 20:27 3-5 1-1 4-4 2 3 2 0 0 11
Ersan Ilyasova 24:16 7-14 2-5 2-2 2 1 0 0 1 18
Kendall Marshall 19:11 0-3 0-2 0-2 0 4 1 0 3 0
Jerryd Bayless 21:11 2-8 0-2 0-0 1 3 1 0 1 4
Jared Dudley 13:54 2-4 1-2 0-0 3 1 0 0 0 5
Nate Wolters -- DID NOT PLAY --
John Henson -- DID NOT PLAY --
Zaza Pachulia -- DID NOT PLAY --
TEAM TOTALS 33-74 6-19 31-35 32 16 7 5 11 103

Rockets 117, Bucks 103: Harden, Motiejunas too much for Milwaukee in 117-103 loss - Brew Hoop
Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo had good nights for Milwaukee, but it wasn't enough against a good Houston team.