The team in which Russell Westbrook and James Harden shine won 120-116 to sign their second victory since the restart of official action.
Houston rockets He had his second joy since the NBA He resumed his season last Thursday by beating 120-116 at Milwaukee Bucks, this Sunday in the Orlando bubble.
Again it was a victory as agonizing as it was intense for the Texan team, who had already suffered to beat the Dallas Mavericks 153-149 in their first game.
Although the advantage was for those of the Western Conference after the first and second quarters (difference of eight points at the break), the leaders of the East recovered to reverse the story.
The scoreboard looked favorable for those led by Mike Budenholzer from 36-27 of the third episode and for the difference-narrow- that he maintained during the last episode, but a series of inaccuracies left them empty-handed.
With 2m30s to go, the Rockets performed well on defense and intercepted key balls to turn the score around. Russell Westbrook was an important piece with his deployment and finished as the winner’s gunner with 31 points, while James Harden accompanied him with 24.
On the other hand, Giannis Antetokounmpo returned to lead the Bucks (now 54-13) with his 36 points, escorted by Khris Middleton (27), but they failed to round off their production.
For the Rockets, this is their third consecutive victory (added to a previous one achieved in March, prior to the pandemic break) and the possibility of improving their record to 42-24. Their next matchup will be Tuesday against the Portland Trail Blazers, while Milwaukee will face the same day with the Brooklyn Nets.
Orlando Magic 132-Sacramento Kings 116
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