Antetokounmpo leads way as Bucks pull away late to beat Rockets, end five-game slump
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored nine of his 31 points in the final four minutes to lead the Bucks late rally. AP

GIANNIS Antetokounmpo led the way with 31 points, seven rebounds and four blocks to help the Milwaukee Bucks snap a five-game losing streak with a 127-114 win against the Houston Rockets on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time) in Milwaukee.

James Harden was a rebound shy of a triple-double with 26 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds for the Rockets who have split the first two games on their five-game road trip.

Antetokounmpo made 11-of-17 shots and scored nine points in the last 4:16.

Jabari Parker returned to the starting lineup one game after coming off the bench after a disciplinary measure for talking to the media after a players-only meeting. He finished with 28 points, 20 in the first half.   

A 17-foot jumper from Jason Terry ignited an 11-0 run that gave Milwaukee the lead for good, 101-99.   

Patrick Beverley scored 18 points for the Rockets.

Greg Monroe finished 17 points and 10 rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench for Milwaukee, which avenged its 111-92 loss at Houston last week.

Nene had 17 points, and Clint Capela and Ryan Anderson scored 16 apiece for Houston.

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