National Basketball Association
Houston 115, Milwaukee 101
When: 8:30 PM ET, Friday, January 4, 2013
Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
#35 Kane Fitzgerald, #48 Scott Foster, #58 Josh Tiven
Rockets 115, Bucks 101:
James Harden scored 29 points, former Milwaukee starter Carlos Delfino added 22 and visiting Houston overcame an 18-point, second-quarter deficit to upend the Bucks.
Patrick Patterson and Toney Douglas added 18 points apiece and Omer Asik contributed 13 as the Rockets won for the eighth time in 10 games.
Brandon Jennings scored 16 points while Monta Ellis and Mike Dunleavy added 12 apiece for Milwaukee, which committed 19 of its season-worst 25 turnovers in the second half while losing its third consecutive contest.
Milwaukee had a 48-30 edge after a three-point play by John Henson with 5:54 left in the first half. Harden hit back-to-back baskets to end the half and pull Houston within 58-47, and the Rockets began the third quarter with a 19-2 surge to take a six-point advantage.
The Bucks trailed 95-90 with under seven minutes remaining before Patterson hit a 3-pointer and Harden knocked down two as part of a 13-0 run that boosted the lead to 18 with 4:12 to play. GAME NOTEBOOK:
Harden has scored 20 or more points in 15 consecutive games, including reaching 25 or more in each of the last 11 outings. … Milwaukee committed 10 turnovers and went 4-of-20 from the field in the third quarter, when it missed its first 11 shots and tallied just 14 points. … Delfino was 6-of-7 from 3-point range and the Rockets were 13-of-33 overall while Milwaukee was 6-of-14.
Top Game Performances
James Harden 29
Brandon Jennings 16
James Harden 7
Monta Ellis 7
Omer Asik 8
John Henson 15
James Harden 5
||Free Throws Made
Ekpe Udoh 4
James Harden 4
Brandon Jennings 3
Omer Asik 1
Larry Sanders 4
Team Stats Summary
Milwaukee will play their next game on the road against Indiana. The Bucks have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
Houston will play their next game on the road against Cleveland. The Rockets have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.