Walker, Monk lead Hornets past Bucks 126-121
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, left, tries to get around Charlotte Hornet defenders Kemba Walker (15) and Treveon Graham (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek)
By Steve Reed, Associated Press
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Kemba Walker had 26 points, rookie Malik Monk had a huge fourth quarter and the Charlotte Hornets put the clamps on the NBA's leading scorer to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 126-121 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
Walker was 8-for-12 from the field, including 3-for-4 from three-point range and 7-for-7 from the foul line as Charlotte won its third straight game. Monk, the team's first-round draft pick from Kentucky, had 18 of his 25 points in the pivotal fourth quarter to help the Hornets build a double-digit lead with Giannis Antetokounmpo forced to sit out with five fouls.
Antetokounmpo came in averaging 33.7 points per game, but struggled with foul trouble and finished with a season-low 14 points along with 13 rebounds. He was limited to five points in the final three quarters.
Khris Middleton led Milwaukee with 43 points on 15-for-28 shooting and Malcolm Brogdon added 20.
The Hornets trailed 86-85 when Antetokounmpo picked up his fifth foul with 36 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Hornets went on a 21-9 run to start the fourth quarter behind rookies Monk and Dwayne Bacon. Monk had four three-pointers early in the fourth and Bacon made some clutch shots to help stretch the lead.
When Antetokounmpo returned with 7:21 remaining, the Bucks were down 11 and could never regain the lead.
Walker had an impressive first half, scoring 20 points on 6-for-7 shooting from the field, which included making all three three-point attempts and all five of his free throws to give the Hornets a 60-57 lead at the break.
Bucks: John Henson started for the first time this season over Thon Maker. ... Greg Monroe and Jabari Parker did not play due to injuries.
Hornets: Walker recorded his 193rd 20-point game, passing Larry Johnson for the franchise record. ... Jeremy Lamb had 16 points and has scored at least 15 points in every game this season. ... Michael Kidd-Gilchrist played only seven minutes before leaving with an illness. ... Nic Batum, Michael Carter-Williams and Julyan Stone did not play due to injuries.
Bucks: At Pistons on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
Hornets: At San Antonio on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).