Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports
Credit Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

Khris Middleton eclipsed 20 points for the eighth time in his last nine games as the Milwaukee Bucks (20-13) took down the visiting Houston Rockets (10-22) 126-106 (25-24, 38-26, 34-26, 29-30) on Wednesday night.

Player of the Game
Jrue  Holiday
EFF
28
Jrue Holiday
Points 24
Accuracy 10-17
Rebounds 4
Assists 10

Middleton had missed the last three games with a hyperextended knee but was strong in his return, posting 23 points on 7-of-17 shooting to help snap a two-game losing skid. Jrue Holiday paced the Bucks with 24 points and 10 assists, and DeMarcus Cousins and Jordon Nwora each chipped in 18 points.

Milwaukee's offense took off after the first 12 minutes of action, pouring in 101 points over the final three quarters. The Bucks made 17 3-pointers on the night.

Christian Wood led Houston with 20 points and 11 rebounds on 6-of-13 shooting. Eric Gordon had 12 points, six assists, and three rebounds, and Kenyon Martin Jr. accounted for 12 points, six assists, and five rebounds off the bench.

Jae'Sean Tate was held to just four points on 2-of-10 shooting after scoring in double figures in his last five games.

A 38-point second quarter that was headlined by a 16-0 run sent the Bucks into the break with a 63-50 lead. The Rockets once trailed by 16 and had brought things within eight, but Wesley Matthews hit three shots from distance in a 66-second span to help maintain a comfortable edge.

Houston stayed within striking distance thanks to 18 trips to the foul line in the first half and Wood, who scored 14 points.

After the Bucks pushed the lead to 19 at the front end of the third quarter, the Rockets fought back to bring themselves within 11 thanks to a dunk from Wood and threes from Garrison Matthews and Gordon.

That would be the closest Houston would get for the remainder of the game.

Wood got off to a fast start, collecting 10 points and four rebounds in the first quarter. However, the Bucks had a 25-24 lead at the end of the quarter despite making just two of 11 3-point attempts and committing seven fouls.

Bucks: Jrue Holiday 24 (8/12 2PT, 2/5 3PT, 10 AST), Khris Middleton 23 (6/12 2PT, 1/5 3PT, 8/9 FT, 6 AST), DeMarcus Cousins 18 (6/9 2PT, 8 REB), Jordan Nwora 18 (3/10 2PT, 4/8 3PT, 9 REB), Wesley Matthews 16 (4/5 3PT).

Rockets: Christian Wood 20 (6/7 2PT, 0/6 3PT, 8/11 FT, 11 REB), Eric Gordon 12 (2/6 3PT, 6 AST), Kenyon Martin 12 (3/7 2PT, 2/5 3PT, 5 REB, 6 AST), Garrison Mathews 10 (2/5 3PT, 6 REB), Alperen Sengun 10 (4/6 2PT, 8 REB, 4 AST, 4 TO).

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Milwaukee Bucks
Houston Rockets
44%
45/103
Field goals
42%
36/86
59
Rebounds
61
25
Assists
23
8
Steals
0
90%
19/21
Free throws
68%
21/31
7
Turnovers
15

Best players

Jrue  Holiday
24 PTS
10/17 FG
2/3 FT
Christian  Wood
20 PTS
6/13 FG
8/11 FT
Jordan  Nwora
9 REB
5 DREB
4 OREB
Christian  Wood
11 REB
8 DREB
3 OREB
Jrue  Holiday
10 As
2 TO
31 MIN
Houston Rockets
Few players
6 As
Jrue  Holiday
28 EFF
67% 2P%
40% 3P%
Christian  Wood
18 EFF
86% 2P%
0% 3P%