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    Bucks snap Rockets’ seven-game streak

    HOUSTON (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 41 points and 17 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks snapped the Houston Rockets’ seven-game winning streak with a 123-114 victory yesterday.

    “I was just looking to be aggressive,” he said. “Last game I wasn’t as aggressive as I wanted.”

    Houston hadn’t fallen since ending a 15-game losing streak No 24. The Rockets led by 10 at one point Friday and hung around until the Bucks pulled away in the fourth.

    Eric Gordon’s three-pointer got Houston within one before Khris Middleton scored the last five points of a 7-0 stretch to extend Milwaukee’s lead to 117-109 with about four minutes to go.

    Houston scored the next three points, with a layup by Christian Wood. But Jrue Holiday intercepted a bad pass by Garrison Mathews and dished it to Antetokounmpo for a dunk that made it 119-112 with less than a minute left and sent fans toward the exits.

    Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks during the game. PHOTO: AP

    Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer was asked about the play of Antetokounmpo and Middleton down the stretch.

    “When you have a good team and have players like that, you’re fortunate to put the ball in their hands and let them make plays,” he said.

    Mathews led the Rockets with a season-high 23 points and made a career-best six three-pointers. Wood and Armoni Brooks had 21 apiece for Houston.

    Jae’Sean Tate had six points for Houston with nine assists and a steal.

    “He’s very much the pulse and heart and soul on what we have going on,” coach Stephen Silas said.

    Bobby Portis and Middleton added 21 points each for Milwaukee as the Bucks won for the 11th time in 13 games. Budenholzer raved about the defence of Wesley Matthews, who was signed less than a week ago.

    “He just has that focus that I think you need,” he said.

    “He’s delivered early in a good way and we’re excited that we have everything he brings to the table. I thought he was huge tonight.”

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