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Bucks avoid series sweep with 114-104 win over Hornets

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Giannis Antetokounmpo had 29 points and 12 rebounds, Brook Lopez added 22 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Charlotte Hornets 114-104 on Tuesday night to avoid a sweep of the teams’ regular-season series. Kris Middleton scored

17 points, and Jrue Holiday chipped in with 12 points and 10 assists for the Bucks, who bounced back from a 111-104 loss to the short-handed Atlanta Hawks on Sunday. Devonte Graham scored 25 points, and Miles Bridges added 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets, who snapped their two-game win streak. In January, the Hornets beat the Bucks by 12 at home and then by eight on April 9 in Milwaukee.

Antetokounmpo seemed determined not to let that happen again.

The two-time NBA MVP played with aggression, finishing 11 of 19 from the field and dishing out eight assists. He got fired midway through the game when he felt Charlotte’s P.J. Washington tried to trip him after Antetokounmpo stole the ball from him.

Milwaukee built a 62-45 halftime lead behind 15 points and eight rebounds from Antetokounmpo while the Bucks’ defense held the Hornets to 4-of-18 shooting from beyond the arc.

The Hornets battled back to cut the lead to 103-99 with four left to play, but Terry Rozier missed a 3-pointer, and Antetokounmpo answered with a dunk off a lethal spin move at the other end, and Middleton added a 3-pointer from the left wing off an inbounds play to push the lead to nine.

Rozier had a rare off night for the Hornets, finishing with eight points after going 0 for 7 from the 3-point range.

TIP INS

Bucks: Outrebounded the shorter Hornets 48-38. … Had 28 assists.

Hornets: Gordon Hayward remains in the walking boot, and coach James Borrego said he doesn’t view the Hornets star as being close to returning. Hayward has missed the last 13 games with a sprained foot. … Bridges has scored at least 20 points in three straight games.

UP NEXT

Bucks: Continue four-game trip at Rockets on Thursday night.

Hornets: At Celtics on the second night of a back-to-back Wednesday night.

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