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Hornets Fall To Bucks in opener, 113-112

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The Charlotte Hornets fell the the Milwaukee Bucks despite 40 points from Kemba Walker.

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Despite Kemba Walker’s All-Star caliber 41 point performance, the Charlotte Hornets lost to the Bucks, 113-112, after Nicolas Batum’s attempt at a game-winning shot did not fall.

The Milwaukee Bucks started the game quickly Wednesday night, outscoring the Hornets 36-23 in the first quarter. It was quarter the Bucks dominated, however. The teams split the second quarter, each scoring 31 points. From there, Charlotte outscored Milwaukee 29-26 in the third and 29-20 in the fourth.

The best Hornet on the floor Wednesday night was Kemba Walker, who, as mentioned previously, scored 41 points. Walker also tallied four assists and two rebounds. Monk also outperformed expectations, finishing the night with 18 points, four rebounds, and two assists. Tony Parker led the team in assists with seven.

Miles Bridges also didn’t see as much time as in the preseason, which was expected. In fifteen minutes, Bridges had one point and one assist.

Giannis Antetokounmpo was great for the Bucks. He recorded 25 points, 18 rebounds, and eight assists. Antetokounmpo, however, also had eight turnovers and five personal fouls.

He also had a shot blocked by Batum, for what it’s worth:

The Charlotte Hornets’ next game will be against the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center on Friday, October 19th. They will be going up against former head coach Steve Clifford.

The Charlotte Hornets have played a total of 101 games against the Orlando Magic in their history, winning 51.