James Harden exploded for 17 points in the second quarter, helping the Houston Rockets take a 60-54 lead over the Milwaukee Bucks at the half in Houston.
Harden put on a show and has made 3 of 5 3-pointers and 8 of 9 free throws as the Bucks made futile attempts at guarding him.
The Bucks have managed to stay within striking distance despite going 0 for 5 on 3-pointers in the second quarter while the Rockets went 5 for 10.
Harden leads all scorers with 23 points. Center Clint Capela has 12 for the Rockets, who have a 16-6 edge in points from the free throw line.
Malcolm Brogdon leads the Bucks with 12, Giannis Antetokounmpo has 11 and Khris Middleton has added 10.