Houston Rockets 133-141 Milwaukee Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks romped to a fifth consecutive victory as they beat the Houston Rockets 141-133 on Friday night. The Rockets led throughout the starting exchanges before the Bucks stepped up a gear. They went on a 17-6 run in the second quarter that included five 3-pointers. Houston pulled within two points twice in the third quarter before the Bucks went on a 10-0 run. Donte DiVincenzo scored seven of these points while Bryn Forbes contributed a 3-pointer.
The Bucks maintained a double-digit lead to see out the game. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 15 points in the first half managed just two points in the second. He finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists. All five starters for the Bucks finished with double digits as Lopez, Middleton and Holiday finished with 24, 23, and 20 points respectively.
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.
New York Knicks 105-128 Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton scored 26 points while Chris Paul helped himself to a double-double of 17 points and 11 assists as the Phoenix Suns dominated the New York Knicks. The Phoenix Suns are on track for the top spot in the NBA with the win. Ayton had one of the best games of his career accumulating 15 rebounds with 10 of 14 from the field.
The Suns stunned the Knicks by taking a 90-88 lead into the fourth quarter after scoring four points in less than a second. Torrey Craig tipped in Devin Booker’s miss with 0.8 seconds left and Cameron Payne stole the in-bounds pass and made a layup.
The Suns put up a spectacular shooting performance in the fourth quarter making 8 of the 12 attempted 3-pointers score 38 points. Julius Randle and RJ Barett scored 24 and 23 points for the Knicks in a losing cause.