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Marquette In The NBA Bubble: August 2, 2020

Highly competitive, but the team with our guy lost.

Milwaukee Bucks v Houston Rockets Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images

Houston Rockets 120, Milwaukee Bucks 116 — If you guys missed this one on Sunday night, then you missed a pretty good basketball game. Milwaukee took an early 13 point lead, which Houston promptly wiped out by the end of the first quarter. The Rockets then spent the entire second quarter and almost all of the third quarter in command of the scoreboard before the Bucks made a rally to take the lead late in the frame. It looked like Milwaukee was going to pull away late, but Houston closed it out on a 16-4 run over the final three minutes and nailed down the win.

Ultimately, the win was bigger to Houston than it was to Milwaukee, as the Bucks still have a six game lead in the Eastern Conference while the Rockets are in a slugfest for seeding in the West. However, it was literally defying the odds that the Bucks didn’t get the win in this one.

The 1 in 177 and 1! That’s bananas!

Although Rebounding Margin Still Isn’t A Thing.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, and Brook Lopez all had double-doubles for Milwaukee, with Giannis getting 36 points, 18 rebounds, and just missing a triple-double with eight assists. OUR GUY~! Wesley Matthews played 26 minutes in the starting lineup and unfortunately only knocked in one of his six long range attempts to finish with just three points on the night. He did chip in two rebounds, though.

Look, I’m not using this picture as the banner picture at the top, because it doesn’t really work to highlight Wesley. However, it is funny as hell.

Milwaukee Bucks v Houston Rockets Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

That is 100% the Confused Mr. Crabs meme, except with James Harden as the subject. Feel free to use that as you see fit, internet.

Up Next: By the time you read this, it’ll already be less than 21 hours until the Bucks play again. They have the afternoon NBA TV start on Tuesday, August 4, as they face off with Brooklyn. The Nets have work to do to either clinch a playoff spot or even just avoid a play-in series with Washington or Orlando, so the Bucks will need to take that one seriously.