The Milwaukee Bucks escaped out of Houston Wednesday night with a 110-107 win on an off balanced three-pointer by Monta Ellis at the buzzer. The Bucks guard was standing five feet away from the three point line and was watching a Brandon Jennings isolation in the final possession of the game, when Jennings wasn’t able get a shot off, and tossed the ball to Ellis, who launched it off one leg. The shot spun around the rim, hit the backboard, and fell in. Replay showed that Ellis let go of the ball before time expired, and the Bucks walked out with a win.
The buzzer beater capped off a good night for Ellis, who finished the game with 27 points and 13 assists. Ersan Ilyasova added 20 points and 10 rebounds.
The Rockets were led by James Harden, who scored 25 points, with Omir Asik adding 16 points and a career high 22 rebounds. Chandler Parsons added 20 points. It’s the second consecutive loss for the Rockets, losing by a total of five points in the two games.
“It was a bad loss,” Parsons said. “There’s no way around it. There is no way we should have lost that game.”
The Rockets got off to a hot start, establishing a 28-11 lead in the middle of the first quarter. They made 12 of their first 13 shots and Jeremy Lin had one of the early highlights, spinning a behind-the-back pass to Parsons for an easy dunk. Houston had 10 assists on its first 12 baskets, but after Asik finished an alley-oop from Parsons with a dunk, Houston went scoreless for almost three minutes.
Lin added 10 points and 7 assists, while Donatas Motiejunas scored 13 points in his first start of the season.
The Rockets had a 105-99 lead with three minutes left in the game, but only scored one more basket for the rest of the game on a Harden lay-up. The Bucks finished the game on a 11-2 run.
“Defense was not very good tonight,” Parsons said. “Bad game overall.”
|Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF||23||1-4||0-0||1-2||0||2||2||0||0||1||3||3||-19||3|
|Ersan Ilyasova, SF||33||8-13||1-2||3-3||2||8||10||0||0||1||0||2||+2||20|
|Larry Sanders, C||35||5-11||0-0||0-0||3||6||9||2||2||2||2||3||-4||10|
|Monta Ellis, PG||45||9-24||2-6||7-11||2||4||6||13||6||0||3||3||+5||27|
|Brandon Jennings, PG||30||3-8||2-5||0-0||0||4||4||6||0||0||1||4||+1||8|
|John Henson, PF||13||5-6||0-0||2-2||1||4||5||1||0||0||3||2||+6||12|
|Ekpe Udoh, PF||5||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||+11||0|
|Drew Gooden, PF||6||0-1||0-0||0-0||0||1||1||1||0||1||0||1||-4||0|
|Mike Dunleavy, SF||31||6-11||2-5||2-2||1||5||6||3||1||1||4||2||+26||16|
|J.J. Redick, SG||21||6-11||2-6||0-0||0||0||0||1||1||0||1||3||-9||14|
|Gustavo Ayon, PF||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|Marquis Daniels, SF||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|Samuel Dalembert, C||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
Fast break points: 11
Points in the paint: 44
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers): 17 (17)
+/- denotes team’s net points while the player is on the court.
|Donatas Motiejunas, PF||26||4-9||1-2||4-4||3||4||7||5||1||0||2||4||+12||13|
|Chandler Parsons, SF||43||9-17||2-5||0-2||2||3||5||2||1||0||5||1||+6||20|
|Omer Asik, C||31||7-12||0-0||2-3||6||16||22||1||0||0||1||2||+1||16|
|Jeremy Lin, PG||33||4-11||0-2||2-2||0||3||3||7||3||1||2||1||+3||10|
|James Harden, SG||38||8-18||2-6||7-10||0||2||2||7||4||0||7||4||-9||25|
|Greg Smith, PF||11||3-4||0-0||0-1||1||2||3||0||0||0||0||1||-5||6|
|Thomas Robinson, PF||8||1-1||0-0||0-2||0||1||1||1||0||0||0||3||-18||2|
|Carlos Delfino, SF||31||5-14||1-6||1-1||0||1||1||1||1||0||0||2||-1||12|
|Patrick Beverley, PG||19||1-3||1-2||0-0||1||2||3||2||1||0||0||2||-4||3|
|Terrence Jones, PF||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|Tim Ohlbrecht, C||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|James Anderson, SG||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|Francisco Garcia, SG||DNP COACH’S DECISION|