The Bucks saw their streak of 83 straight games of scoring over 100 points end on Sunday. More importantly, though, they continued their win streak as the Bucks defeated the Hornets 93-85. The Bucks seemed to struggle with effort early in the game, committing 12 turnovers in the first half that led to 16 points for the Hornets. The difference in the game ended up being rebounding and free throws. The Bucks defeated the Hornets 61-47 on the boards and attempted 11 more free throws, making 7 more than their opponents. Both teams struggled from three, Milwaukee shooting 22.6% and Charlotte 22.9%.
Milwaukee was led by the MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo who had yet another monster game. Giannis had 41 points, 20 rebounds, and 6 assists. Brook Lopez was also a key player down the stretch. Lopez was able to muscle his away into the paint, draw fouls, and knocked down several clutch free throws to put the game out of reach. He ended up with 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 blocks.
Charlotte had five players score in double figures, led by Devonte Graham’s 17. Willy Hernangomez had a double double off the bench for Charlotte, with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
The Bucks improved their record to 52-8 and have a 6-game win streak
Kris Middleton and Kyle Korver both did not play due to injuries
Giannis has 29 games this year in which he has had at least 30 points and 10 rebounds; the second highest total by one player this year is 15 games.
The Hornets were without Malik Monk, who has been suspended.
The Hornets have had trouble selling tickets this season, but were almost sold-out with the league-leading Bucks visiting.