Antetokounmpo powers Bucks past Hornets 103-94
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 24, 2017 11:07 AM
Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo shoots over Charlotte Hornets' Dwight Howard during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Giannis Antetokounmpo had 32 points and 14 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks scored the final nine points in a 103-94 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).
Antetokounmpo was 13-for-21 from the field and 6-for-8 at the line. He also had six assists and blocked two shots.
The 22-year-old Antetokounmpo has scored at least 30 points in each of his first four games. He had a career-high 44 points Saturday against Portland.
Khris Middleton added 20 points for Milwaukee, which played its third game in four days, all at home.
Charlotte, which missed its last seven shots after the score was tied at 94, was led by Frank Kaminsky's 18 points. Jeremy Lamb added 17 points, Kemba Walker had 15 and Dwight Howard grabbed 22 rebounds -- three shy of the team record.
Antetokounmpo's two free throws gave Milwaukee a 96-94 lead with 1:34 left. Charlotte missed two three-pointers on its next possession and Middleton made a triple from the top of the arc with 43.5 seconds left.
Howard missed two foul shots with 33 seconds remaining to finish 0-for-9 from the line, but Charlotte caught a break when the rebound was tapped to Lamb. But he missed a shot after driving through the lane that was nearly blocked by Antetokounmpo.
Antetokounmpo sank two more free throws, Walker shot an air ball from long range and Middleton capped the scoring with two free throws with 16.2 seconds left.
Antetokounmpo opened the fourth quarter with a free throw and added a jumper for an 86-77 lead with 10:29 to go.
The advantage was also nine following a floating shot by Middleton with 7:49 left. But Charlotte responded by scoring the next seven points, and shortly after tied the score at 94 on a three-pointer by Kaminsky with 3:05 remaining.
Hornets: Howard became the first Hornets player with three straight 15-plus rebound games since Al Jefferson in 2014.
Bucks: Milwaukee attempted just three free throws in the first half, compared to 22 for Charlotte. ... The Bucks' largest deficit was 25-15 late in the opening quarter.
Hornets: Charlotte hosts Denver on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) to begin a three-game homestand.
Bucks: Milwaukee hosts the Celtics after opening their season with a win in Boston.