The Houston Rockets were the road team Friday night against the Milwaukee Bucks, and it was a battle of two teams that entered the contest ranked sixth in their respective conferences. This game proved to be a tale of two halves, and luckily for the Rockets, they were the ones who pulled it together and walked away with a 115-101 victory.
The Rockets came into the contest as the No. 1 scoring team in the entire NBA, but it took them a while before they were able to put the ball in the basket. Fortunately for the team in red, its opponents started slowly as well, as neither team made a field goal through the first two minutes.
Houston was looking to score quickly, and as you might expect, its shots started falling before the quarter came to an end. Milwaukee was able to match the Rockets’ energy, and the first-quarter score was 23-21 in Houston’s favor.
The early part of the second quarter was again quiet for the Rockets, but this time Milwaukee was able to take advantage. It scored 10 points in the first two minutes, and the team began to establish the momentum that it would keep the rest of the period.
Houston was outscored by 13 in the second quarter, which meant it would have ground to make up going into the third. But make up that ground, the Rockets would.
The Rockets entered the third period with a new energy about them, as they were getting up and down the floor on both offense and defense. Halfway through the period, we saw a 17-point swing, and the game was back in Houston’s control.
The fourth quarter began in relatively even fashion, but the story of the second half was Milwaukee’s turnovers. Houston was able to take full advantage of easy opportunities, and as a result, it dominated the final 24 minutes of the ballgame.