Pelicans' twin towers too big for Bucks

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 14, 2017 11:26 AM
Pelicans' twin towers too big for Bucks
DeMarcus Cousins NBA file photo

By Brett Martel, Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins had 26 points and 13 rebounds and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Milwaukee Bucks 115-108 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).

The Pelicans turned the ball over 21 times, with nine committed by Cousins, but the mercurial All-Star center came through in the clutch with a couple of soaring dunks — one on a put-back and another on a cut down the lane — and added a three-pointer with 22 seconds left that put it virtually out of reach.

Anthony Davis returned from a one-game absence caused by a nagging adductor injury to score 25 points and grab 10 rebounds.

E’Twaun Moore hit four three-pointers and finished with 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting for the Pelicans, who shot 56.3 percent (45 of 80). Cousins and Davis each hit 10-of-16 shots.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 32 points and nine rebounds for Milwaukee, which saw its three-game winning streak snapped and lost for only the second time in eight games.

Khris Middleton had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks. They led 94-87 after Malcolm Brogdon, who had 11 points, hit a 7-foot floater early in the fourth quarter, but faded after that.

New Orleans took the lead for good on Davis’ reverse layup that made it 99-98 with 7:02 to go.

TIP-INS

Bucks: John Henson and Eric Bledsoe each scored 14 points. ... Fell to 6-7 on the road ... Have scored 100-plus points in 10 straight, going 7-3 in those games. ... Tied a season-low with 10 turnovers.

Pelicans: Darius Miller made three three-pointers on five attempts for nine points. ... New Orleans went 13-of-25 (52 percent) from three-point range. ... Improved to 8-7 at home. ... New Orleans came in averaging 16.2 turnovers per game, fourth worst in the NBA.

UP NEXT

Bucks: Hosts Chicago on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).

Pelicans: At Denver on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).

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