Houston Rockets vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights
We're underway in Milwaukee, as the 18-14 Houston Rockets travel to play the 16-14 Bucks!
James Harden and Monta Ellis are off and running. Larry Sanders and Omer Asik are dominating the interior. Brandon Jennings and Jeremy Lin are going at each other on every possession.
Who will prevail? Stay tuned with Bleacher Report for up-to-the-minute live coverage!
Keys to the Game
During the first half, the Milwaukee Bucks committed just six turnovers. In turn, they took control of the game, moved the ball well and jumped out to a 58-47 lead at the half.
The second half was a different story.
Milwaukee committed 19 turnovers during the second half, allowing the Rockets to turn that into 28 points. This also bred Houston's 29 fast break points and 54 points in the paint.
Furthermore, seven different Bucks players committed three turnovers or more. If that's not the perfect way to lose a game, what is?
2. Three-Point Shooting
The Milwaukee Bucks drained six three-point field goals and shot 42.9 percent from beyond the arc. For the average team, that would be considered a solid performance.
Not for the Houston Rockets.
Led by Carlos Delfino, the Rockets connected on 13 three-point field goals. For the second time this week, Delfino converted six on his own.
That's a point differential of plus-21 in Houston's favor. Considering they won the game by 14, how can we call that coincidence?
Houston took over by capitalizing on turnovers and scoring in transition. They put it away with the three-ball, though, as Delfino exacted revenge on his former team.
When any team shoots this way, they'll be tough to beat.
1. Third Quarter
During the third quarter, the Houston Rockets outscored the Milwaukee Bucks by a count of 30-14. This was, in part, the doing of the Rockets, but mainly the result of ineptitude by Milwaukee.
The Bucks missed their first 11 shots and committed 10 turnovers in the quarter.
This opened the door for the Rockets to go on a 17-2 run which set the pace for the rest of the second half. It also proved that Houston had no quit, Milwaukee lacked discipline and when everything hits the fan, the Bucks aren't ready to step up.
What a horrendous period of play by the Milwaukee Bucks. One which decided the outcome of this game.
Milwaukee Bucks box score via NBA.com.
Houston Rockets box score via NBA.com.
A disappointing loss from the Milwaukee Bucks and a shocking win for the Houston Rockets. One which saw blood, fan interaction and a 16-foot ladder.
Weird night in Milwaukee.
Houston Rockets 115, Milwaukee Bucks 101 — End of the Game
This one is all but over. Milwaukee fans are getting a nice look at Tobias Harris.
This was a disturbing loss for the Bucks. Wow.
Houston Rockets 113, Milwaukee Bucks 97 — 25.0 seconds remaining in the Fourth Quarter
The Houston Rockets have pulled their starters. The Milwaukee Bucks have their quality reserves.
Could we see a comeback with 2:30 remaining?
Tobias Harris with a J to start the push.
Houston Rockets 113, Milwaukee Bucks 97 — 2:18 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Jeremy Lin is taking over in the fourth quarter, beating Brandon Jennings and finishing in the paint. Jennings responds with a three.
Carlos Delfino hits his sixth three-pointer of the game. Over?
Houston Rockets 113, Milwaukee Bucks 95 — 3:11 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
If their turnovers and poor shooting were not enough, Milwaukee lets Patrick Patterson grab an offensive rebounds. James Harden follows up with a three-pointer.
Jeremy Lin with the transition lay-up and this is getting ugly.
24 turnovers. 18 in the second half.
Houston Rockets 106, Milwaukee Bucks 90 — 4:41 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
The Bucks pull within three points and, once again, collapse.
The Rockets are on an 11-3 run, with three separate players hitting three-pointers. James Harden has just started to hear up.
Houston Rockets 101, Milwaukee Bucks 90 — 5:48 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Mike Dunleavy with the lay-up and the Bucks bare back within three. For about 10 seconds.
Carlos Delfino with his fifth three-pointer of the game. Talk about revenge from the former Buck.
Houston Rockets 95, Milwaukee Bucks 89 — 6:47 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Mike Dunleavy from beyond the arc and the Milwaukee Bucks are within three points!
Houston has to be worried after the Bucks played so poorly in the third. Fortunately for the Rockets, James Harden is back in the game.
Another turnover by Milwaukee to end that momentum.
Houston Rockets 90, Milwaukee Bucks 87 — 7:53 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Jeremy Lin is back in the game. Took 5 stitches to the head.
Lays it in.
Houston Rockets 86, Milwaukee Bucks 81 — 9:15 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
The Milwaukee Bucks pick up where they left off with an early turnover. Toney Douglas with the finish.
One bright spot is rookie John Henson, who has 11 points and 11 rebounds in 19 minutes.
There's another turnover.
Houston Rockets 81, Milwaukee Bucks 74 — 10:21 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
The story of the third quarter was simple: offensive inefficiency.
The Milwaukee Bucks missed their first 11 field goal attempts and committed 10 turnovers in the third quarter alone. This allowed Houston to climb back from 11 points down and take a rather dominant five point lead.
James Harden now has 21 points, while Toney Douglas has an additional 16.
Houston Rockets 77, Milwaukee Bucks 72 — End of the Third Quarter
Toney Douglas with back-to-back transition lay-ups. Turnovers are killing the Bucks.
As for Houston, they are capitalizing on every opportunity they're given.
Houston Rockets 74, Milwaukee Bucks 70 — 1:47 remaining in the Third Quarter
Turnover after turnover.
Monta Ellis is heating up and we're tied in Milwaukee. Even as the Bucks missed their first 11 field goals.
Houston Rockets 70, Milwaukee Bucks 70 — 2:25 remaining in the Third Quarter
As discouraging as the Bucks' shooting woes may be, they're still down just two points. If Houston can't extend their lead at this pace, can they win?
Bucks with two straight field goals.
Houston Rockets 70, Milwaukee Bucks 68 — 3:33 remaining in the Third Quarter
Ekpe Udoh with the first field goal of the quarter for Milwaukee!
Houston Rockets 68, Milwaukee Bucks 64 — 4:51 remaining in the Third Quarter
Monta Ellis finally breaks a scoring drought by dropping in two free throws. Still no field goals made by Milwaukee in the third quarter.
Houston Rockets 66, Milwaukee Bucks 62 — 5:35 remaining in the Third Quarter
Absolutely dominant. Toney Douglas adds two more points and another turnover for Milwaukee. Six turnovers in six minutes for the Bucks.
And another one. Seven turnovers in six minutes. 11 straight missed field goals.
Bucks call a timeout after a Douglas 3 puts the Rockets up 64-60, 6:33 Q3. Rockets on a 17-2 run to start Q3. 10p for TD, Harden up to 19.— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) January 5, 2013
Toney Douglas from three and Houston is now up four points. The Milwaukee Bucks have missed 11 consecutive field goals.
Shocking third quarter that has included blood, players in the crowd and a monumental collapse.
Houston Rockets 64, Milwaukee Bucks 60 — 6:33 remaining in the Third Quarter
Milwaukee is 0-for-11 in the third quarter.
The Milwaukee Bucks had a three-on-one in transition. They turned the ball over.
Houston Rockets 61, Milwaukee Bucks 60 — 7:07 remaining in the Third Quarter
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