Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) drives between Milwaukee Bucks' Greg Monroe, right, and Jabari Parker during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in Milwaukee.
MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 31 points, Jabari Parker had 28 and the Milwaukee Bucks snapped a five-game losing streak with a 127-114 victory over the Houston Rockets on Monday night.
James Harden just missed a triple-double with 26 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds for Houston, which fell to 1-1 on its five-game road trip. Patrick Beverley added 18 points.
Antetokounmpo made 11 of 17 shots and scored nine points in the final 4:16. Houston got no closer than six points in the final three minutes.
Parker was back in the starting lineup one game after coming off the bench while being disciplined for talking to the media about a players-only team meeting Friday night. He scored 20 of Milwaukee's 68 points before halftime, the most the Rockets have allowed in the first half this season.
Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts after his three-pointer against the Houston Rockets during the second half.
Jason Terry's 17-foot jumper sparked an 11-0 run that gave Milwaukee the lead for good, 101-99. The Bucks extended the margin to 110-99 when Tony Snell hit a 3-pointer with 6:48 left. Terry had two steals during the spurt and Houston committed four turnovers.
Greg Monroe added 17 points and 10 rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench for Milwaukee, which lost 111-92 at Houston last Wednesday.
Nene had 17 points, and Clint Capela and Ryan Anderson scored 16 apiece for Houston.
The Rockets scored nine consecutive points to take a 78-77 lead on Capela's dunk with 8:03 left in the third quarter. Milwaukee's Matthew Dellavedova had 10 points in the quarter, though, and the Bucks led 93-91 heading into the fourth.
Milwaukee made 14 of 18 shots in the second period to open a 68-64 lead at halftime. The Bucks shot 68 percent (28 for 41) in the first half.
Milwaukee Bucks' Matthew Dellavedova, center, drives against the Houston Rockets' Eric Gordon (10) during the second half.
Rockets: Harden didn't attempt a shot until he was fouled while taking a 3-pointer with 53 seconds left in the first quarter. He made his first five shots and didn't miss until there was 6:21 left in the third. ... Sam Dekker, who scored 30 points in his first NBA start Saturday night, came off the bench and had four points in 17 minutes.
Bucks: Milwaukee scored the first 14
points of the second quarter, opening a 47-33 lead on
Monroe's hook with 8:11 left. ... John Henson, who had
started 34 consecutive games at center, was replaced by
Miles Plumlee and didn't play.
Rockets: At the Boston Celtics on Wednesday. Houston has won three consecutive games in Boston.
Bucks: Host the Philadelphia 76ers on
Wednesday. Milwaukee's nine-game winning streak over the
76ers was snapped last Monday when Philadelphia beat the