Long into a night spent sleep-walking around the Toyota Center floor, the Rockets treated their game with Milwaukee as if testing to see how long they could dare the Bucks and get away with it.
The Rockets had won their last seven games. They had beaten the Bucks the previous 11 years the Bucks played in Houston, making Milwaukee the only NBA team that had never won a game in Toyota Center.
The Rockets trailed by 12 points before anyone could work up a good sweat. When that Bucks lead did not hold up, the Rockets fell behind by 17 in the fourth quarter before they finally made their move in the final minutes.
Having tempted fate that long, it smacked the Rockets with a 105-99 loss Wednesday night, ending a five-game home winning streak.
âWe definitely didnât have our energy tonight,â said guard Kevin Martin, who led the Rockets with 29 points. âWe tried to come back too late. We were flat all night. A lot of us went back to our old defensive ways tonight. I think that was due to the streak. We got ahead of us.â
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