Milwaukee Bucks: Player grades from 116-109 win over Houston Rockets

Giannis Antetokounmpo dismisses MVP talk: 'I don't know if I'm there yet'

"I definitely think it's our belief inside this locker room, and a lot just around the league, that we have the best player in the league right here", Lopez said.

Antetokounmpo was instrumental in the 116-109 victory, tallying 27 points, a career-high 21 rebounds, and five assists in 36:32 of playing time. He finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds.

Harden has moved into hallowed ground with his current scoring barrage, as his 14 straight games of 30-plus points ties Hall of Famer (and fellow Rockets legend) Tracy McGrady for the second-longest streak since the ABA/NBA merger.

In this matchup of early front-runners for MVP, Harden and his teammates were done in by a shooting slump late in the third quarter that spilled into the fourth and left them down by 15 points.

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In a close game, the Bucks were still battling to keep their lead over the Rockets, and Antetokounmpo flung a hot pass towards Malcolm Brogdon in the corner.

Fans have taken the opportunity to mock Houston Rockets star James Harden after he was floored by a basketball to the face.

Still without injured LeBron James, the Lakers improved to 3-5 as Kuzma used a huge third quarter to hit four three-pointers and push his team to a 113-100 win.

The Rockets got five quick points from Gerald Green to start a 7-0 run later in the third that put them up 75-70. The degree to which Houston relies on Harden will likely generate a slew of eye-popping scoring nights in the second half, and perhaps some more MVP moments like his game-winning three in Houston's 135-134 win over Golden State on January 3. "That s- hurt. I didn't even know what happened".

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