In an important Tuesday night eastern conference match-up, the Charlotte Hornets fall to the Milwaukee Bucks, 118-108, in Charlotte.
The Hornets almost out of the game from the jump, allowing Milwaukee to score 35 points and shoot 70 percent from the floor in the first quarter.
Kemba Walker finished the game with 26 points, while Frank Kaminsky and Jeremy Lamb both provided quality bench minutes finishing with 20, and 16 points, respectively. However, that effort was no where near enough to stop the shooting barrage that Milwaukee flew into Charlotte with.
Unlikely Bucks hero Tony Snell could not miss as he poured in a game high 26 points on 10/14 shooting (4/8 3PT). While Giannis Antetokounmpo added his own 20 points and eight rebounds along with a couple posterizing dunks.
The Hornets were down 22 at the half and couldn’t quite climb out of that hole. Charlotte won the 3rd and 4th quarter but it obviously wasn’t enough to match the unreal first half from Milwaukee.
The Bucks came out HOT, making 20 of their first 26 shots lead by Snell, Antetokounmpo and rookie Malcolm Brogdon, who finished with 14 points and 10 assists. Milwaukee’s bench also contributed, making 12-17 before the break.
Charlotte tried to rally a comeback late into the 4th quarter as they were finally able to cut the lead to single digits within the final minute of the game. However, it was too little too late.
Marco Belinelli left the game early in the 4th quarter with a cut over his right eye after he collided with Bucks guard, Kris Middleton.
As far as the playoff race is concerned, Charlotte remains in the 11th spot regardless of the outcome of the Detroit and Miami game tonight.
Charlotte travels to Toronto tomorrow. Tip off is at 7:30 p.m. for what could be a statement game.