Bucks score 44 points in 2nd quarter, overtake Hornets 130-106 | Basketball

By TOM KERTSCHER – Associated Press

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 26 points and 16 rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks scored a season-high 44 second-quarter points en route to a 130-106 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night.

Jrue Holiday had 21 points and eight assists, and Bobby Portis added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, who were fresh off a loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday.

LaMelo Ball scored 24 points to lead Charlotte. Terry Rozier finished with 17 points and eight assists. Charlotte has split its last two games since returning from the All-Star break.

Milwaukee made its first 26 free throws and finished 32 of 37 from the line. Antetokounmpo made all of his 14 free throws.

Milwaukee edged Charlotte 62-41.

“If we have everyone locked in, giving that effort defensively, who can really score on us at a high level?” said Jevon Carter, who scored 10 points off the bench. “And then at the other end, being able to keep us in transition. So we maintain that rhythm, the sky’s the limit.

The game was tied at 32 after the first quarter, and Charlotte trailed by nine, 48-39, with just under seven minutes left in the second. The Bucks outscored the Hornets 38-14 for the remainder of the quarter and led 76-53 at halftime. Portis scored eight points during the race.

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