Giannis scores late winner to hand Bucks crucial win over Hornets
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a layup with two seconds left on the clock to help the Milwaukee Bucks to a 127-125 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night at Fiserv Forum. The Bucks (14-8) have now won eight games in a row.
Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 40 points and 12 rebounds. Khris Middleton added 21 points.
Second-year star LaMelo Ball knocked down a 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left to tie the game at 125. Following a timeout on the floor, Jrue Holliday found Antetokounmpo near the top of the lane for the go-ahead score.
"I mean, that's a hell of a finish," Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer said. "He's just so talented. And he does so much around the rim. The dunks and everything get a lot of attention and probably for good reason, but I think (that's) his ability to use the glass and his ability to play fast. That's when you're going downhill that hard to have touch off the board and things like that, just a great finish. Just a great play by Giannis."
Ball scored a career-high 36 points for the Hornets (13-11) with five rebounds, nine assists and three steals. He also made a career-high eight 3-pointers. Kelly Oubre Jr. added 25 points for Charlotte and Miles Bridges had 22 points. The Hornets made 10 of 17 from 3-point range in the first quarter.
With starting centre Brook Lopez sidelined since the Bucks' season opener, the team signed veteran free agent DeMarcus Cousins on Tuesday. He played 14 minutes and scored seven points in his Milwaukee debut.