Giannis Antetokounmpo poured in 36 points and added 18 rebounds and eight assists but it wasn’t enough as the Milwaukee Bucks fell to the Houston Rockets 120-116 in Orlando on Sunday night.

Khris Middleton added 27 points and 12 rebounds and Brook Lopez had 23 points for the Bucks, who fell to 54-13 overall.

Russell Westbrook scored 31 points as Houston used a late 9-0 run to get back into the game.  The Rockets tied the NBA record for most three-point attempts with 61.  They made 21 of them.  They also forced 22 Milwaukee turnovers.

The Bucks out-rebounded the Rockets 65-36.

The Bucks played without guards Eric Bledsoe and Pat Connaughton for a second straight game as they continue to work back into shape after testing positive for COVID-19.

It’s the first time in NBA history a team lost despite scoring at least 110 points, holding an opponent to less than 40% shooting (39.6%) and out-rebounding an opponent by at least 25.  Before Sunday night, all 177 teams who did that won.

The Bucks return to action on Tuesday afternoon against the Brooklyn Nets.

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