While the Milwaukee Bucks (16-15) created a 58-47 lead at halftime, they could not maintain that lead Saturday night against the Houston Rockets (19-14).
A combination of poor shooting in the third quarter from Milwaukee plus a 38 point fourth quarter from Houston fueled the comeback and saw Milwaukee drop their third game in a row. The Bucks went 4 of 16 for shooting in the third quarter and, in the fourth quarter, allowed a 13-0 run from Houston.
With this third consecutive loss, Milwaukee drops to third in the Central Division, two games behind the Chicago Bulls and the Indiana Pacers who are tied for the lead.
Brandon Jennings was one of seven Milwaukee Bucks who hit the double-digit mark in scoring, with 16 points. Accompanying him was Monta Ellis and Mike Dunleavy with 12 points, John Henson, Ersan Ilyasova, and Beno Udrih all with 11 points, and Ekoe Udoh with 10 points.
The Bucks were led in rebounds by John Henson with 15 rebounds en route to his double-double. Ekoe Udoh of the Bucks had eight rebounds on the night.
Houston was led in scoring by James Harden with 29 points. Carlos Delfino had 22 points, Toney Douglas and Patrick Patterson both had 18 points, and Omer Asik had 13 on the night. Jeremy Lin, who left in the third quarter for stitches after a collision with Milwaukee’s Larry Sanders, had eight points.
The Rockets were led in rebounding by Omer Asik with eight, and both Marcus Morris and Chandler Parsons had seven rebounds.
With the mid-point of the season quickly approaching, Milwaukee looks to get back in the division hunt with a game at the Indiana Pacers Saturday night.