Middleton helps Bucks beat Hornets 105-92

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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.

Greg Monroe had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Milwaukee, and Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 14 points and 11 boards. Jabari Parker scored 15 points.

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.

The Bucks carried the momentum into the third period. Johnny O'Bryant and John Henson each hit two foul shots to make it 84-68 with 1:12 left.

Charlotte shot just 38 percent (33 for 87) from the field. The Hornets went 9 for 36 from 3-point range.

Marvin Williams scored 14 points for Charlotte, and Kemba Walker and Frank Kaminsky each had 12.

TIP-INS

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.

UP NEXT

Bucks: Visit Miami on Tuesday night.

Hornets: Host Utah on Monday afternoon.