CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – Damian Lillard scored 27 factors, Malik Beasley added 20 and the Milwaukee Bucks overcame a 37-point effort from LaMelo Ball to beat the Charlotte Hornets 130-99 on Friday evening and stay undefeated within the NBA In- Season Event sport.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 16 factors, 9 assists and eight rebounds for the Bucks, who’ve gained three in a row. Beasley had six 3s and Lillard 5 because the Bucks went 22 of 45 from past the arc and outscored the Hornets 38-18 within the fourth quarter.
Milwaukee’s victory units up a key showdown on Nov. 28 in Miami towards the Warmth, the one different undefeated workforce in East Group B that would decide who advances to the single-elimination knockout phases.
Woman was buzzing.
27 PTS | 5:00 PM | 5 REB | 5 AST pic.twitter.com/qHNnjFsdXS
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) November 18, 2023
Each groups are 2-0 in match play.
Charlotte’s Miles Bridges appeared robust in his first NBA motion in 583 days, scoring 17 factors on 6-of-13 capturing in 33 minutes. Bridges missed all of final season and served a 10-game suspension this yr for his function in a home violence incident in 2022.
Bridges acquired an ovation when he entered the sport within the first quarter and an excellent louder cheer when he sank his first pullup jumper, serving to the Hornets construct a 13-point first-half lead.
However the Bucks had been in a position to take a two-point lead into the locker room at halftime and commenced to drag away within the third quarter on a driving one-handed dunk from Lillard and a nook 3 from Beasley after a feed from Antetokounmpo. A couple of minutes later, Lillard hit a 3 and Pat Connaughton drilled a 3 off a nook to place the lead at 14.
The Hornets minimize the result in six early within the fourth on a Bridges’ and-one, however the Bucks erupted from there, steadily constructing a 33-point lead behind a barrage of 3s.
Ball got here inside one level of tying his profession excessive.
He wore a blue bandage to cover an ‘LF’ tattoo just under his left ear.
The tattoo violates NBA guidelines towards displaying business logos on gamers’ our bodies. The initials “LF” are an abbreviation for LaFrance, the center identify of the purpose guard and his new clothes model.
Bucks: Host the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday evening.
Hornets: Host the New York Knicks on Saturday evening as a part of a five-game homestand.