Charlotte Hornets

How the NBA-leading Bucks’ late rally overwelmed Hornets, injured Kemba Walker

Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker, left, drives against the Milwaukee Bucks' Malcolm Brogdon during the first half of Friday’s NBA game in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 108-99.
Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker, left, drives against the Milwaukee Bucks' Malcolm Brogdon during the first half of Friday’s NBA game in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 108-99. AP

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points and 14 rebounds and the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks rallied to beat Charlotte 108-99 on Friday night, outscoring the Hornets 32-12 in the fourth quarter.

Malcolm Brogdon added 19 points, Eric Bledsoe had 18, and Khris Middleton 15 to help the Bucks improve to 35-12 with their sixth straight victory. They are 22-4 at home.

Charlotte star Kemba Walker suffered a mild neck sprain in a scrum with 2 minutes, 6 seconds left when Antetokounmpo landed on him. Walker headed directly to the locker room.

Nicolas Batum led the Hornets with 19 points, Jeremy Lamb and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist each had 16, and Walker had 10 on 3-of-12 shooting.

Down 92-80 with 9:45 left, the Bucks fought back with an 11-0 run. The Bucks finally took the lead on Brogdon’s drive with 5:34 left. After Walker scored, Antetokounmpo did a huge spin and dunked with one hand to put the Bucks up, 97-96.

TIP-INS

Hornets: Tony Parker sat out to rest. The former San Antonio star scored 17 points in 17 minutes off the bench in the Hornets’ 118-107 victory at Memphis on Wednesday night. “What he’s done in fourth quarters, you talk about experience, you talk about basketball IQ and knowledge and winning plays,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “He’s got a whole data base of what it takes to win games, and he can dial it up in those moments.” … Walker was named an All-Star starter on Thursday, an honor made even more special because he will be playing in front of Hornets fans in Charlotte at the All-Star Game on Feb. 17.

Bucks: Rookie guard Donte DiVincenzo was inactive because if a left heel injury. “We may just need to give him an extended period of rest or non-activity and be exceedingly cautious,” Budenholzer said. “Part of it is Donte wants to play so bad and he’s such a hard worker. Sometimes when you’re coming back from some of these injuries it can actually work against you. You just need to give it some time.” The Bucks have plenty of backcourt options off the bench with Sterling Brown, George Hill and Tony Snell in the current rotation.

UP NEXT

Hornets: Host New York on Monday night.

Bucks: At Oklahoma City on Sunday night.

BUCKS 108, HORNETS 99

Charlotte

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

F

Pt

Batum

38:07

7-15

1-1

6

0

19

Williams

34:58

5-9

0-0

8

1

13

Biyombo

16:02

3-3

0-0

7

3

6

Lamb

29:32

5-18

5-7

4

2

16

Walker

35:27

3-12

3-3

8

2

10

Kidd-Gilchrist

25:32

6-11

4-7

7

5

16

Graham

21:13

3-6

1-3

1

2

8

Bridges

18:45

2-8

0-0

6

0

4

Monk

12:13

0-5

0-0

3

2

0

Hernangomez

8:09

2-3

3-4

3

2

7

Totals

240:00

36-90

17-25

53

19

99

Percentages: FG .400, FT .680. 3-Point Goals: 10-38, .263 (Batum 4-11, Williams 3-7, Graham 1-3, Walker 1-4, Lamb 1-7, Monk 0-1, Kidd-Gilchrist 0-2, Bridges 0-3). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 17 (17 PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (Walker 2). Turnovers: 17 (Walker 4, Biyombo 2, Graham 2, Kidd-Gilchrist 2, Monk 2, Williams 2, Batum, Bridges, Hernangomez). Steals: 4 (Kidd-Gilchrist 2, Bridges, Williams).

Milwaukee

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

F

Pt

Antetokounmpo

37:53

14-21

6-8

14

5

34

Middleton

33:11

6-12

1-1

5

1

15

Lopez

24:22

3-6

0-0

4

0

8

Bledsoe

30:44

7-16

4-5

4

1

18

Brogdon

28:39

7-13

4-4

5

4

19

Brown

22:52

2-5

5-5

3

2

9

Hill

14:17

0-4

0-0

2

1

0

Snell

14:16

2-6

0-0

3

0

5

Wilson

12:27

0-1

0-0

2

3

0

Connaughton

12:04

0-2

0-0

2

0

0

Ilyasova

9:09

0-3

0-0

2

1

0

Totals

240:00

41-89

20-23

46

18

108

Percentages: FG .461, FT .870. 3-Point Goals: 6-31, .194 (Lopez 2-4, Middleton 2-5, Brogdon 1-2, Snell 1-3, Hill 0-1, Wilson 0-1, Antetokounmpo 0-2, Brown 0-2, Connaughton 0-2, Ilyasova 0-2, Bledsoe 0-7). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 11 (10 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Antetokounmpo 3, Bledsoe, Ilyasova, Lopez). Turnovers: 11 (Antetokounmpo 2, Bledsoe 2, Brogdon, Brown, Hill, Ilyasova, Lopez, Middleton, Snell). Steals: 9 (Antetokounmpo 3, Snell 2, Bledsoe, Brogdon, Hill, Middleton). Technical Fouls: coach Bucks (Defensive three second), 2:49 first.

Charlotte

27

27

33

12

99

Milwaukee

22

30

24

32

108

Att.—17,803 (17,500).

Officials—Jonathan Sterling, Jason Phillips, Ron Garretson

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