Houston Rockets vs. Bucks: Recap, takeaways from the impressive win

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The Houston Rockets played exceptional defense down the stretch to pull away with a 120-116 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

A highly anticipated matchup between the James Harden-led Houston Rockets and the Giannis Antetokounmpo-led Milwaukee Bucks ended in dramatic fashion, as expected. The Rockets played their best defense since being in the bubble and erased an eight-point deficit with less than three minutes left in the game.

The Rockets’ active hands led to 15 steals which propelled them to a close victory over the Bucks, 120-116. Russell Westbrook led all Rockets in scoring with 31 points while adding six rebounds and eight assists. Harden ended the night with 24 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists. The game-winning play was made by Rockets’ starting forward, Danuel House.

House made a clutch play on defense, stealing the ball off a bad pass with less than 20 seconds left in the game and then hit two free throws to seal the deal. Along with the game-winning play, House contributed 16 points and four rebounds.

While the Houston Rockets took a while to get it all together, what was most impressive was how the entire team played down the stretch — covering for each other’s mistakes and making positive things happen on the court.

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