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Charlotte Hornets’ comeback falters in 104-94 OT loss to Bucks

Jared Dudley hit a 3-pointer with 1 minute, 20 seconds left in overtime to give the Milwaukee Bucks an 11-point lead en route to a 104-94 overtime victory over the Charlotte Hornets.

The loss dropped the Hornets to 10-22, while the Bucks improved to 16-16. The Hornets got 28 points from point guard Kemba Walker and 19 from shooting guard Gerald Henderson.

Point guard Brandon Knight scored 18 for the Bucks.

The Hornets trimmed what had been a 21-point deficit to three with about four minutes left in regulation on Henderson’s pull-up jump shot. About 30 seconds later, Milwaukee’s Jerryd Bayless fouled Walker, who made both free throws to cut the deficit to one.

The Hornets followed that with two big defensive plays: Walker blocked a layup by Knight and Henderson took a charge to negate a layup by Giannis Antetokounm.

Walker gave the Hornets the lead with 54 seconds left on a driving layup. Knight answered with a layup to tie the game with 15 seconds remaining.

Walker was caught in a trap on the ensuing possession and threw the ball into the backcourt for a turnover with 2.6 seconds left. Dudley missed a jump shot, sending the game to overtime.

The Hornets chipped away at what had been as much as a 21-point Milwaukee lead throughout the third quarter. Gary Neal’s free throw cut the deficit to four late in the third quarter before a 3-pointer by O.J. Mayo just before the buzzer made it a seven-point Bucks lead.

The Hornets shot better in the third quarter, making 10 of 18 attempts. Al Jefferson scored in his 18th game minute, and finished the quarter with six points.

Jefferson, who has been trying to play through a groin strain, left the court walking awkwardly with about seven minutes left. The Hornets called timeout and Jefferson went back to the trainer’s room for treatment. Jefferson never returned to the game.

The Hornets had a horrible first half shooting-wise to trail 49-32 at halftime. They made 11 of 42 attempts from the field, compared to the Bucks’ 19-of-41 shooting.

The game started out well enough for the Hornets, who led 9-2 on Henderson’s 12-foot jump shot. But the Bucks went on an 18-0 run that gave them a 24-14 lead with about 1 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter.

The Hornets never got their act together offensively the rest of the half. Centers Jefferson and Bismack Biyombo were a combined 0 of 7 from the field. Power forward Marvin Williams shot 1 of 6 from the field. And the Hornets committed two shot-clock violations.

Only one Hornet scored more than seven points in the first half; Walker generated 12 points by getting to the foul line four times, but he shot 3 of 9 from the field.

The Bucks played a balanced game with four players scoring seven or more points in the first half. Knight finished the half with 10 points and center Zaza Pachulia added nine.

The Hornets again played without guard Lance Stephenson, who missed his seventh consecutive game with a pelvic sprain. Hornets coach Steve Clifford said he doesn’t expect Stephenson to be available for Wednesday’s road game against the Houston Rockets.

Neal (hamstring strain) had been listed as questionable entering Monday’s game

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