The Rockets did put together a fourth quarter rally by scoring eight straight points, cutting the deficit down to five, but they got no closer than three the rest of the way. Antetokounmpo added a late layup and a free throw to seal Milwaukee's victory, as they remain on the heels of the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference standings. Harden had a chance to tie, bout could not connect on a three-pointer late, as the Bucks won for the seventh time in the past eight games.
Despite not coming up big late, Harden did record his sixth 40-point game in the past eight contests, while extending his 30-point game streak to 14 in a row. That is the longest such streak in franchise history since Tracy McGrady did it in 2003. Harden went on to break that streak on Friday night with a 40-point triple-double in a blowout win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Against Milwaukee, he shot 6-of-16 from beyond the arc, and after the game against Cleveland, he now has at least five three-pointers in 11 straight games.
Clint Capela added a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds, but shot just 4-for-16 from the floor .This came just one game after he posted a career-high 31 points in a win over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night. The big man's struggles, along with a 15-0 run to begin the third quarter for the Bucks, hurt the Rockets, and put a halt to their impressive run for just one night.