The Hornets started the game ice cold in Milwaukee’s freezing rain. They missed their first eight attempts and quickly found themselves in a double digit hole. The Bucks had no such difficulties despite a very slow start from Giannis Antetokounmpo, who scored just six points on 2-of-7 shooting in the first quarter. The Hornets finished the quarter strong with back-to-back 3-pointers from Devonte’ Graham and PJ Washington to cut a 13 point deficit down to seven heading into the second quarter.
Devonte’ Graham led the Hornets with seven points in the first quarter, and he kept cooking in the early parts of the second. He got a favorable bounce on a floater and hit a pair of 3-pointers to give him 15 points before the clock passed the ten minute mark of the quarter. The easy buckets dried up as the Hornets trudged towards the halftime break. The Bucks, being the very good NBA team they are, did not do that. They led by as many as 20 before Terry Rozier hit a transition 3-pointer that set the score at 66-49 heading into the half.
The third quarter was where the game got out of reach, as has often been the case when the Hornets have played good teams this season. The Hornets didn’t play terribly, but they couldn’t get stops against a high octane Bucks offense. The Bucks poured in 35 points in the quarter, stretching their lead to 26 points. But at least we got this:
The early parts of the fourth quarter was an exaggerated version of the third. The Bucks scored 12 of the first 15 points in the quarter, giving them a 113-78 lead. The difference grew to 40 by the halfway point of the quarter. I don’t think this needs to go any further.
The Hornets continued their trend of getting blown out by good teams, which is curious given their ability to consistently beat lesser teams like the Pistons.
The lone bright spots in this game were the starting back court of Devonte’ Graham and Terry Rozier. The duo combined for 43 points on 8-of-17 shooting from beyond the arc.
The Hornets will have a chance to lick their wounds and spend some extended time in their homes. A five game home stand starts on Monday against the Suns.