Dwight Howard earned his 33rd double-double this season, scoring 27 points and registering 13 rebounds, to help the Houston Rockets sneak past the Milwaukee Bucks, 101-95. Houston (34-17) is now on a five-game winning streak.
Howard shot 11-19 from the field and 5-7 from the free throw line. Despite the loss, Brandon Knight scored 23 points for Milwaukee on 10-20 shooting, including 2-3 from behind the arc. Nate Wolters chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds, John Henson finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Zaza Pachulia put up 12 points and 10 rebounds.
This drops Milwaukee (9-41) to 0-2 versus Houston on the season.
Coming up next, the Rockets battle the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are 24-27 on the year. The Bucks meet the Boston Celtics, currently 18-33 this season. The Rockets have a 1-0 record against Minnesota this season. The Bucks have won two of their last three games against Boston.