Houston Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. delivered a huge performance on Thursday night and the Rockets stunned the heavily-favored Milwaukee Bucks. The Rockets, who own the league-worst record, defeated the Bucks 143-136 on the wings of a huge performance by Porter.
Porter scored a career-high 50 points to lead the Rockets past one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. Porter scored 32 points in the second half and 17 of his 50 points came in the fourth quarter. The Rockets entered the game on a five-game losing streak and were desperate to end their losing streak.
Porter made nine of his 15 attempts from the three point line. “After I saw the third 3 go down, I knew it was going to be a special night,” Porter said. “It was all up to me. I just stayed aggressive, and it was a good night”.
Christian Wood and Kelly Olynyk helped Porter
Rockets big man Wood also had a huge performance as he scored 31 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Fellow big man Olynyk also had a good game, having scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
Porter also dished out 11 assists against the Bucks. "For him to be successful, he’s going to have to be someone who can make those shots,” Rockets coach Stephen Silas said. “Just seeing the hard work that he puts in was great”.
Bucks guard Jrue Holiday had a good performance but it wasn't enough for his team to beat the Rockets. Holiday scored 29 points and dished out 10 assists but it wasn't enough. “At the end of the day, it’s us five guys on the court,” Holiday said.
“Once you step on that court, you all need to be on the same page. Tonight, in the fourth quarter, yeah, we tried to step up and play defense a lot harder, but you have to do that the whole game”. Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer wasn't particularly happy with his team's performance.
"I think our execution can be a lot better, but they played at a high level and made shots at a really high level,” Budenholzer said. “There’s a point where you have to give credit to them, and they were very good offensively tonight”.
Rockets coach Silas was proud of Porter. “I was just so proud of him,” Silas said. “We haven’t had very many moments that have been super positive. I was so proud of that kid tonight”.