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By Guillaume Mahot
The Houston Rockets can undoubtedly be put in the short list of the franchises that will challenge Golden State for the NBA title next summer, just like Cleveland and Boston. The Beard’s team beat Milwaukee 115-111 last night for a thirteenth consecutive win and an incredible total of 24 victories for 4 defeats only, better than The Cavs (22v 8d), The Celtics (25v 7d) and The Warriors (23v 6d) for instance.
Without Cameroonian Luc Mbah a Moute and Swiss Clint Capela, both injured, The Rockets, as usual these last few days, were supported by James Harden (31 points) and former Clippers point guard Chris Paul (25 points). If Harden’s address was perfectible (8/21) due to a painful knee, it did not prevent Houston from overtaking the 8th in the East Conference and pushing the series of games won further. Ariza and Tucker were precious with respectively 7 and 10 rebounds taken.
Greek Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nigerian roots, scored 28 points for The Bucks, a great work that was unfortunately useless. It is a third consecutive defeat for Milwaukee that has real chances to get worse since the next contenders will be Cleveland.