Milwaukee (USA), May 7 (EFE) .- Cuban American center Brook López and forward Khris Middleton contributed 24 and 23 points, including 21 in the second half, respectively, and the Milwaukee Bucks won by 141- 133 to the evicted and decimated Houston Rockets in what was their fifth consecutive victory.
The Bucks (43-24) tied the Brooklyn Nets for second in the Eastern Conference standings. The Bucks also have the tiebreaker advantage over Brooklyn because they have won two of their three regular-season meetings.
While the Philadelphia Sixers (46-21) who also beat the New Orleans Pelicans 109-107 are the leaders.
Point guard Jrue Holiday had 20 points, guard Donte DiVincenzo 18 and power forward Bobby Portis 16 points.
Greek power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo had a double-double of 17 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists despite having a stomach ailment and also helped the Bucks win.
Rookie forward KJ Martin had 26 points and seven assists, both career highs, as well as seven rebounds as the Rockets’ leader.
Canadian power forward Kelly Olynyk added a double-double of 23 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, which kept him as the most complete player currently owned by the Rockets (16-51), who lost the fourth consecutive game and possess the worst mark in the league.
The Rockets continued to have problems with available players on the roster and had to use guard Khyri Thomas, who became the 28th who has been with the Houston team since the season began.
Thomas and contributed 16 points after scoring 6 of 7 after signing a 10-day contract this Friday morning before traveling to Chicago and then to Milwaukee.
The Orlando Magic have also used 28 players this season. Other teams in NBA history that used 28 were the 2015-16 and 2018-19 Memphis Grizzlies.
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