The Houston Rockets were looking for thier sixth straight victory tonight on the road against the Milwaukee Bucks, but they were undone by an old nemesis. Damian Lillard went for 39 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists, including going 5-for-8 from deep to help break Houston’s streak.
The Rockets also had a hard time with Giannis Antetokounmpo, as he mostly took it to Jabari Smith Jr. and finished with 26 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists. The Bucks also got a lot of calls down the stretch and out-shot the Rockets from the line for the game 32 attempts to 21. Both Dillon Brooks and Ime Udoka were ejected for arguing no calls.
As for the Rockets, they played pretty well offensively, shooting 52 percent for the night and have seven players finish in double figures. Fed VanVleet led the way with 22 points and 6 assists, while Alperen Sengun finished with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists but had some noticeable defensive lapses tonight as well.
Other Rockets notables were Dillon Brooks with 18 points and 4 boards. Jabari Smith with 16 points and 5 boards — though also five fouls, mostly on his struggles with Giannis — Jeff Green had 16 off of the bench, while Jalen Green also had 16 and Tari Eason finished with 11 points and 6 boards off of the bench.
This was a tough game on the road for the Rockets, so I’m not suprised they took the L. They did hang with the Bucks for most of the game but didn’t quite have enough defensively to get it done, which was a little out of character for this team.
Houston won’t have much time to lick their wounds, however, as the team is back in action tomorrow night once again, heading to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers on the second night of a back-to-back.