The Houston Rockets really didn’t need an exclamation point to their dominating first quarter Wednesday night. James Harden provided one anyway.
The Rockets had already blown past the Clippers when Harden juked Wesley Johnson so badly, the defender stumbled and fell flat to the floor. Harden looked down at him for a long moment before calmly drilling a 3-pointer to give Houston a 31-7 lead.
“What’s not working now is we gotta figure out which one we can sign and how we can sign them,” Rivers said of Williams and Wallace. “But as far as … we’re the prototype … there’s never been a better use of 45 days than us.
“They’ve saved our season, those two guys. And it’s been great to have them. Both of them have been unbelievable. To do all the flying, and stuff that they’ve had to do to play a game so we can save days, they don’t complain — we throw them on the toughest guys at night. You think about it, C.J. hadn’t played with us in a month and we start him on [James] Harden. What stupid coach thought of that? That clearly didn’t work, but we were willing to try it. And that’s what’s been great about our group. They’re a good group to coach.”
Bucks: The Wizard’s 40 points in the first quarter were the most the Bucks have allowed in that period this season. . Hall of Fame center and former Buck Kareem Abdul Jabbar, seated courtside, received a nice round of applause when he was introduced.
Bucks: Jason Terry made his first start since Jan. 22, 2016, with Houston. The 40-year-old guard blocked three shots for the first time since Dec. 22, 2010, with Dallas against Philadelphia. … G Tony Snell missed his second straight game with a bruised right thigh. The backcourt is already thin with Malcolm Brogdon (left quad) and Matthew Dellavedova (right ankle) still sidelined.
It didn’t help Milwaukee that the injury-thinned backcourt also had to deal with foul trouble for starting point guard Eric Bledsoe, who was saddled with two fouls for much of the first quarter and played much of the fourth with five. Bledsoe finished with 15 points on 3-of-11 shooting.