CHARLOTTE, N.C. — LaMelo Ball scored a career-high 27 factors and had 9 assists and the Charlotte Hornets handed the Milwaukee Bucks their second loss in two nights, 126-114 on Friday.
Gordon Hayward added 27 factors, Malik Monk had 18 and Cody Zeller chipped in with a career-best 15 rebounds to assist the Hornets beat the Pacers and Bucks on back-to-back nights.
Giannis Antetokounmpo practically had a triple-double, ending with 34 factors, 18 rebounds and 9 assists for the Bucks. The 2-time MVP appeared to bang knees with Miles Bridges with about seven minutes to play however remained within the recreation.
Jrue Vacation had 21 factors, and Khris Middleton 18 for the Bucks, They fell to 11-8.
It was a recreation of massive runs.
After falling behind 20-10 to begin the sport, the Hornets caught hearth from lengthy vary. Behind Hayward and Monk, Charlotte made 15 of its subsequent 17 pictures, together with eight 3-pointers, as a part of a 41-11 run.
However that 20-point lead rapidly evaporated because the Bucks battled again to chop it to 68-64 at halftime behind Antetokounmpo, who had 20 factors and 10 rebounds.
Ball was a difference-maker down the stretch on each ends of the courtroom because the Hornets outscored the Bucks 16-1 within the closing 6 1/2 minutes.
The Hornets led by two with lower than three minutes to play when Hayward intercepted a Antetokounmpo and delivered a glance forward go to Ball, who twisted his physique to keep away from having his shot blocked, scoring and drawing the foul. On Milwaukee’s subsequent possession Ball got here up with a steal and fed Devonte Graham for a 3-pointer and shortly the Hornets led by double digits.
Bucks: Antetokounmpo was simply 10 of 18 from the free throw line.
Hornets: Terry Rozier left the sport with a sprained proper ankle within the first half and didn’t return. If Rozier can’t play in Charlotte’s subsequent recreation, LaMelo Ball is predicted to get his first NBA begin. … Ball was 9 of 9 from the foul line.
Bucks: Host Portland on Monday evening.
Hornets: At Miami on Monday evening.