Bucks brush past Hornets for 89-79 win

Back to back wins over the Celtics and Pistons had the Milwaukee Bucks in prime playoff position.

Milwaukee made 16 three's compared to only five for Charlotte.

CHARLOTTE - Kidd-Gilchrist 6-11 1-2 13, Williams 2-4 0-0 5, Zeller 3-8 3-3 9, Roberts 3-10 0-0 7, Batum 5-12 0-2 11, Kaminsky 1-12 1-1 3, Plumlee 2-3 0-0 4, Weber 1-4 1-2 3, Graham 4-5 2-3 12, Lamb 6-12 0-0 12. "(Terry) tried, then Khris steps up and gets him that 10th assist.

The Greek Freak now ranks in the top-20 in total points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks.

Bucks: PG Malcolm Brogdon played 25 and had five points, four rebounds and three assists in his return to the floor after missing five games with a sore back. The Christmas Day game between Cleveland and Golden State was the most viewed early game in ABC's history, opening night on TNT was up 8 percent and the most-viewed curtain-raiser since 2013 and the Warriors-Cavaliers rematch on Martin Luther King Jr.

"I'm just going to tear up", Antetokoumpo joked.

Brogdon was the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year and defensive player of the year as a fifth-year senior at Virginia in 2016.

Dinwiddie scored 19 points to lead the Nets along with rookie Caris LeVert. Payton II is the son of future Hall of Fame point guard Gary Payton, whom the Bucks acquired in "the trade". Can Saric cement the award in just 24 minutes a game over the last couple games? Snell was also 4 of 5 from 3-point range. The Sixers really looked like they could play spoiler.

The Bucks have not seen a winning record in over seven years, despite having a couple playoff appearances in that span.

Milwaukee Bucks Thon Maker well ahead on National Basketball Association development (read here): Nick Metallinos of ESPN spoke to Thon Maker about the progress he has made in his rookie season, and the rookie explained how he feels he's developing ahead of schedule.

When the Bucks are clicking on all cylinders and are feeding off each other on both ends of the floor, they are a hard matchup for anyone.

"Most everybody would say that was a no-brainer [that Embiid would win Rookie of the Year]", Brown said. Only two games left in the season, let's enjoy it. They start tomorrow night in Philadelphia against the 76ers followed by their final home game of the season on Monday against the Hornets before finishing up on the road at Boston on Wednesday.

Everything is lining up for the Boston Celtics to claim the No. 1 seed, but, of course, they still need to actually do it.

Before the game, Sixers coach Brett Brown gave a strong endorsement for his guys.

The Charlotte Hornets (36-48) were defeated by the Milwaukee Bucks (42-39) as their losing streak now extends to four games. "He had played a volume of games so now what?"

Indeed, they've been hot and cold all season.

  • Julie Sanders