By CHARLES GARDNER Related Press
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Doc Rivers gained his 1,099th regular-season sport to maneuver into eighth place on the NBA’s checklist, Damian Lillard scored 26 factors in his return from a two-game harm absence and the Milwaukee Bucks cruised previous short-handed Charlotte 120-84 on Friday evening to ship the Hornets to their tenth straight loss.
Malik Beasley made seven 3-pointers on 9 makes an attempt and completed with 21 factors for Milwaukee, which improved to 2-5 beneath Rivers, who changed Adrian Griffin. Rivers moved previous Larry Brown on the regular-season victories checklist.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 15 factors and 15 rebounds in simply 24 minutes, and Bobby Portis added 18 factors and 7 rebounds.
The Bucks led by 28 factors at halftime and elevated their result in as many as 42 within the second half.
Lillard missed the earlier two video games — each losses — with a sprained left ankle however confirmed no unwell results Friday. He shot 9 of 18 and added eight assists in 29 minutes.
Brandon Miller and Nick Richards every scored 16 factors for the Hornets (10-41), who had simply 10 out there gamers and used all of them after making a number of strikes on the commerce deadline Thursday.
It was the thirteenth sport this season that Beasley made 5 or extra 3-pointers, breaking a Bucks franchise mark held by Ray Allen. Beasley had struggled from 3-point vary in opposition to Minnesota on Thursday, going 0 for 9 within the Bucks’ lopsided loss to the Timberwolves.
However he shot 5 of 6 from past the arc within the first half in opposition to the Hornets, main the Bucks to a 66-38 halftime lead. Beasley sank a 3 with lower than a second remaining to offer the Bucks their largest lead of the half.
Milwaukee made 12 of 28 pictures from 3-point vary within the half, and Beasley led the way in which with 15 factors whereas Bobby Portis had 13, Antetokounmpo 12 and Lillard 11.
The Bucks completed 18 of 52 from 3-point vary (34.6%).
Veteran guard Patrick Beverley made his Bucks debut after being acquired in a commerce with Philadelphia on Thursday. He checked in to a loud ovation with 2:28 left within the first quarter and drilled a 3-pointer from the nook on his first shot. He completed with six factors and 4 assists in 12 minutes.
“Pat is aggressive,” Rivers stated earlier than the sport. “That phrase cannot be used sufficient. It isn’t going to harm his pleasure when you rating on him. He is coming again at you.”
“He talks lots on protection. He talks lots to the opponent. He talks lots on his podcast. He talks lots, and a variety of that’s good for us.”
Beverley was acquired to assist bolster the Bucks’ perimeter protection, which has struggled to cease opposing guards this season.
The Hornets have been depleted after making a number of offers on the commerce deadline, together with buying Seth Curry and Grant Williams from Dallas on Thursday. Curry and Williams have been scheduled to affix the group in Charlotte, the place the Hornets will play Memphis on Saturday evening.
Bucks: Host Denver on Monday.
Hornets: Host Memphis on Saturday.
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