Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – Wednesday, on the second night of a back to back the Houston Rockets, were able to get past the Milwaukee Bucks 111-92.
The score indicates the Rockets were easily able to cruise past the Bucks, but that wasn’t the case. For about 42 minutes Wednesday, the Rockets struggled, but their defense was able to keep the Bucks at bay until the offense kicked into gear.
“We aren’t going to hit three’s all the time,” Mike D’Antoni said. “If we get good enough defense to hold us in and give us a chance we’ll eventually make them in the same game.”
Throughout the first three-quarters the shot 8-34 (24%) from downtown. But in the final 12 minutes, the Rockets went from ice-cold to red-hot as they hit on 6-10 from three, helping them extend an eight-point lead to being able to coast the rest of the way.
What helped the Rockets through the rough shooting, was the great defense and the energy the second unit brought. The Bucks jumped out to a 27-22 lead after the first quarter, but after that, the Rockets defense kicked in holding them to 12 points, by only allowing them three field goals.
“We’re not going to score as much as the first unit, but we’re going to get stops,” Sam Dekker said. “We’re going to play hard and play with great energy and really make it tough on the opposing team.”
A night after losing to the Miami heat and allowing them to shoot 47% percent, the Rockets locked in and held the Bucks to 39%.
The defense got the job done, but helping them out was the offense. The Bucks had almost no answer for Harden as he poured in 38 points, and with Ryan Anderson missing Wednesday with the flu, Eric Gordon came off the bench to score 25 points.
After beating the Bucks, the Rockets next task will be trying to get another win over the Golden State Warriors as they face them at home on Friday.