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Balanced Bucks post high-scoring win over Rockets

/ 03:42 PM May 08, 2021
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D.J. Augustin #14 of the Houston Rockets drives to the basket against Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half of a game at Fiserv Forum on May 07, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Stacy Revere/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Stacy Revere / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

Red-hot shooting, balanced scoring and a dominant third quarter powered the Milwaukee Bucks to their fifth consecutive win in a 141-133 defeat of the Houston Rockets, Friday in Milwaukee.

After trailing for much of the second quarter, Milwaukee (43-24) opened the second half on a 17-6 run. The Bucks peppered the Rockets (16-51) with five 3-pointers over that stretch — two each from Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday, and one from Brook Lopez.

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Houston cut the deficit to two points twice in the late third quarter before Donte DiVincenzo scored seven of his 18 points consecutively, then Bryn Forbes added a 3-pointer for a 10-0 run. Milwaukee’s lead remained in double-digits for most of the way thereafter.

The Bucks’ big second half came despite Giannis Antetokounmpo scoring just two points after intermission.

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Antetokounmpo buoyed Milwaukee in the first half with 15 of his 17 points, and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds. He also dished seven assists, second among all Bucks only to Holiday’s eight.

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All five Bucks starters scored in double-figures, led by Lopez with 24. Middleton finished with 23 points and Holiday added 20.

Forbes came off the bench to shoot 3 of 4 from 3-point range en route to 11 points, and Bobby Portis scored 16 points with eight rebounds, part of Milwaukee’s 53-37 edge on the glass.

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The Bucks shot a torrid 53.7 percent, 51 of 95 from the floor, outpacing Houston’s own solid 48 of 96 shooting (50 percent), including 25 of 53 from 3-point range.

Kenyon Martin Jr. led the Rockets with 26 points in a balanced effort that included 23 points from Kelly Olynyk with a game-high 12 rebounds, and 19 points from Armoni Brooks off the bench.

Brooks knocked down two of his five 3-pointers in the final 1:09, sparking a late Houston rally that cut Milwaukee’s lead to six points, but the Rockets could get no closer.

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