NBA wrap: Big first half leads Rockets past Bucks for 17th straight win

The Rockets cannot be stopped.

Houston picked up its 17th straight win Wednesday with a one hundred ten-ninety nine street victory over the Bucks. The Rockets led by 14 factors at halftime because of an enormous second quarter.

James Harden led the best way with 26 factors, six assists, 5 rebounds and 4 steals. The MVP candidate additionally made all seven of his free-throw makes an attempt. Chris Paul added sixteen factors and eleven assists.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 30 factors and 7 rebounds. Khris Middleton added 18 factors and 12 rebounds, however the Bucks began out sluggish and did not have sufficient firepower to meet up with the NBA’s greatest staff.

With the win, Houston moved a full recreation forward of the Warriors for the perfect document within the league.

Stud of the Night time:

Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell led Utah to a 104-eighty four street win over the Pacers. Gobert scored 23 factors with 14 rebounds, whereas Mitchell added 20 factors, six assists and three rebounds. Joe Ingles additionally pitched in with eleven factors and a season-excessive 10 assists. The Jazz have now gained sixteen of their final 18 video games.

The Bulls beginning lineup: After getting embarrassed Monday to the Kyrie Irving-much less Celtics, coach Fred Hoiberg referred to as out his staff. They answered the decision Wednesday with a 119-one hundred ten win over the grizzlies through which all 4 starters reached double-figures. Rookie Lauri Markkanen led the best way with 22 factors. Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine added 21 apiece.

Dud of the Night time:

The Kings: Not solely are they in full tank mode, and misplaced 114-a hundred and one Wednesday, however additionally they misplaced rookie De’Aaron Fox to a decrease again damage. The Kings have now misplaced seven of their final 9 video games.

Spotlight:

DeMar DeRozan with an enormous slam to hep ship the sport into extra time:

DeRozan scored forty two factors to steer the Raptors to a 121-119 extra time win over the Pistons.

What’s Subsequent:

Celtics (forty five-20) at Timberwolves (38-28) eight:00 p.m. ET — Boston is predicted to get Irving again after he missed Monday’s rout over the Bulls with a knee damage. The Celtics are second within the Japanese Convention, and Minnesota is preventing for its playoff life within the West. Regardless of the disparity in playoff positioning, this must be a good recreation towards two high quality groups.