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It was the tale of two tapes for the Houston Rockets tonight as they take down the Milwaukee Bucks 115-101.
The Rockets looked down and out at the half as they were down 58-47. Houston looked lost defensively and guys like Jeremy Lin, Marcus Morris and Chandler Parsons couldn’t buy a bucket, but that all ended in the second half when the Rockets dropped 30 points in the third quarter and 38 in the fourth. The Bucks looked lost defensively and offensively as they only scored 14 points in the third quarter.
This win came from the Rockets stepping it up defensively and knocking down big shots in the second half. Patrick Patterson, Carlos Delfino and Toney Douglas all stepped up big off the bench, combining for 58 points on 22-32 shooting from the field and 11-17 from downtown.
James Harden had yet another big game as he schooled the Bucks defense for 29 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. When Harden steps it up on defense he’s actually pretty good at it. Kevin McHale needs to have a chat with him and let him know if he wants to be the best he needs to prove it on both ends of the floor night in and night out.
The Rockets defense held Brandon Jennings to just 16 points on 6-15 shooting and Monta Ellis to 12 points on 5-19 shooting. Usually when you shut down the Bucks dynamic backcourt it will lead you to a win.
The Rockets are now 19-14 on the season and will face the Cleveland Cavaliers tomorrow night.