Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton lead defending champion Bucks past Christian Wood, Rockets

Houston center Christian Wood played well Wednesday versus among his previous NBA groups, however the previous Milwaukee gamer didn’t have almost sufficient assistance as Khris Middleton, Jrue Vacation and the veteran-laden Dollars routed the young Rockets, 126-106 (box rating).

The safeguarding champs enhanced to 20-13 with the success, which came without two-time league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (health and wellness procedures). On the other hand, the restoring Rockets succumbed to the 4th time in 5 video games, dropping them to 10-22 on the 2021-22 season.

Vacation led the Bucks with 24 points and 10 helps, and he shot 10-of-17 from the field (58.8%) and 2-of-5 on 3-pointers (40.0%) in Wednesday’s win, while Middleton included 23 points and 6 helps in 28 minutes. Veteran wing Wesley Matthews scored 16 points off the bench for Milwaukee in just 20 minutes, consisting of 4-of-5 on 3-pointers (80.0%).

Wood had 20 points and 11 rebounds in 28 minutes to lead Houston, however his 0-of-6 proving from 3-point variety felt suitable on a night that the Firecrackers made simply 13-of-45 as a group on 3-pointers (28.9%). By contrast, Milwaukee linked on 17-of-46 from long variety (37.0%).

Wood linked on 6-of-7 shots (85.7%) from inside the arc and 8-of-11 on totally free tosses (72.7%). Both were well above his season averages.

Besides Wood, other double-digit scorers for Houston were:

  • Eric Gordon: 12 points, 4-of-9 shooting (44.4%), 2-of-6 on 3-pointers (33.3%), 6 helps in 24 minutes

  • Fort Mathews: 10 points, 2-of-5 on 3-pointers (40.0%), 6 rebounds in 27 minutes

  • Alperen Sengun: 10 points, 4-of-6 shooting (66.7%), 8 rebounds, 4 helps in 24 minutes

  • KJ Martin: 10 points, 5-of-12 shooting (41.7%), 2-of-5 on 3-pointers (40.0%), 6 helps, 5 rebounds in 28 minutes

The Firecrackers were once again short-handed on Wednesday, with the anticipated beginning backcourt of Jalen Green (left hamstring pressure) and Kevin Porter Jr. (left thigh contusion) still sidelined versus the Bucks. However that circumstance ought to alter quickly, with Green set to return on Thursday in Indiana and Porter possibly in the list below video game.

In the meantime, scroll on for highlights and postgame response from Milwaukee. Tipoff in Indianapolis is set for 6:00 p.m. CST on Thursday.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.