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.
Giannis with the tip dagger! pic.twitter.com/IzHJiI3Hd8- Off the Glass (@otgbasketball) January 10, 2019
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.
Harden keeps the scoring streak alive, but Giannis gets the win.- Jordan Greer (@jordangreer42) January 10, 2019
Let's do it again soon. Rockets vs. Bucks on March 26. pic.twitter.com/8EBVGoOtXX
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.