Giannis Antetokounmpo nails James Harden with ball

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"We couldn't get out in transition". The lead would grow to five when Rivers started the second quarter with a pair of free throws, but Brogdon's layup with 8:34 left before halftime tied the game, though, the Rockets scored the next seven points and would lead by as many as 10.

In his 38 appearances with the Bucks this season, The Greek Freak has racked up averages of 26.6 points on 58.1 percent shooting from the field, 12.8 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals in 33.6 minutes per outing.

Antetokounmpo scored 27 points, claimed a career-high 21 rebounds and provided five assists at Toyota Center on Wednesday.

"They're imposing at the rim", D'Antoni said. It opened up an opportunity for Antetokounmpo to seal the deal by going on a personal 5-0 run. Khris Middleton added 15 points. Eric Gordon missed his fifth straight game with a bruised right knee. He missed all six of his 3-point attempts. Harden fell slowly to the court after he was hit but got up quickly and seemed to be OK.

"It was insane because it was so hard for the ball to be able to bounce from one side of the floor to the other side of the floor that's how you know how hard the pass was", he said. "It was an accident but I'm so happy that it bounced back to me and Ersan was able to hit the three".

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"I didn't even know what happened", Harden said. "It hurt. ... I wish I would have seen it".

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