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Rapid Recap: Bucks 114, Hornets 104

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NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at Charlotte Hornets Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

It never felt guaranteed until the final seconds, but the Milwaukee Bucks held off the pesky Charlotte Hornets on the second game of their road trip, 114-104. Box Score

As we all know, the Bucks have had a lot of trouble holding onto second-half leads lately, but they never let Charlotte get closer than 4 as they gutted out a W in the fourth quarter. Milwaukee led 62-47 at the half and briefly held a 19-point advantage in the third, but the hot-shooting Hornets cut it to 7 entering the fourth. Thanks to continued success at the rim by Giannis Antetokounmpo (game-high 29 points) and Brook Lopez (22 points on 9/12 shooting), the Bucks closed this one out without ever surrendering the lead they gained in the second quarter, or even making it a one-possession game.

Thanks to 6 triples, Devonte’ Graham was the high man for Charlotte with 25 points on 6/14 shooting, meaning all but one attempt came behind the arc. Bryn Forbes added 15 off the bench for the Bucks.

Stat That Stood Out

While both teams were sloppy at times with the ball and Milwaukee only held the turnover edge by 2, the Bucks’ active hands resulted in 13 steals, which helped them gain the edge in fastbreak opportunities with 14 to Charlotte’s 8.

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