CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Khris Middleton scored 24 points on 11-of-16 shooting, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Charlotte Hornets 105-92 on Saturday night.
Milwaukee shot 54.2 percent (39 for 72) from the field in its fourth win in six games. The Bucks also had a 46-35 rebounding edge.
Charlotte has lost nine of 10. Jeremy Lin led the Hornets with 15 points on 6-of-13 shooting.
Both teams were playing for the second straight night, but Milwaukee used a burst of energy to outscore Charlotte 33-19 in the second quarter. Middleton and Rashad Vaughn each had eight points in the second.
Charlotte shot just 38 percent (33 for 87) from the field. The Hornets went 9 for 36 from 3-point range.
Bucks: G Jerryd Bayless played his first game after missing six in a row with a sprained left ankle. He had three points on 1-for-5 shooting and six assists. … O.J. Mayo (sore left hamstring) did not travel with the team. … F Damian Inglis was assigned to the NBA Development League’s Westchester Knicks. … The Bucks played the first game in a four-game road trip.
Hornets: G Jeremy Lamb missed his second game with a strained right big toe. … The Hornets had topped the Bucks in eight of their last 10 meetings prior to Saturday.
Bucks: Visit Miami on Tuesday night.
Hornets: Host Utah on Monday afternoon.