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Giannis Antetokounmpo posts monster double-double in win over Houston Rockets

Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded a monster double-double of 27 points and a career-high 21 rebounds.
Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded a monster double-double of 27 points and a career-high 21 rebounds. (Getty Images)

James Harden finished with 42 points, but it wasn't quite enough.

Led by Giannis Antetokounmpo's 27 points, 21 rebounds and five assists, the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Houston Rockets by a final score of 116-109 on Wednesday night.

The Rockets led by six points at the half, but the Bucks took the lead with a monster third quarter in which they outscored Houston 38-23. Antetokounmpo scored nine of Milwaukee's 38 points, doing so on 2-for-5 shooting from the field and 5-for-6 from the free throw line.

The Bucks also got a scoring punch out off the bench from Sterling Brown in the third to the tune of eight points.

The Rockets went scoreless over a four-minute stretch that started in the third and extended to the fourth. The Bucks built a comfortable lead by the midpoint of the fourth quarter, only for Harden to catch fire and make it a one-possession game with a couple of minutes remaining.

Harden, however, then missed his next four shots. It opened up an opportunity for Antetokounmpo to seal the deal by going on a personal 5-0 run.

Harden made history in the loss by recording his 14th straight 30-point game. According to ESPN , that ties him with Tracy McGrady for the second-longest streak of 30-point games in the last 40 years.

Only Kobe Bryant (16) has had more.

Antetokounmpo, meanwhile, set a new career-high with his 21 rebounds.

The Bucks move to 29-11 on the season with the win, giving them the best winning percentage in the NBA.

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