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Walker, Monk lead Hornets past Bucks 126-121

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Malik Monk said his goal was just to bring a little energy to the Charlotte Hornets in the fourth quarter.

The rookie from Kentucky did a whole lot more than that.

Monk scored 16 of Charlotte's first 18 points in the fourth quarter to help the Hornets beat the Milwaukee Bucks 126-121 on Wednesday night for their third straight win.

''I can score,'' Monk said with a laugh.

The Bucks learned that the hard way.

Kemba Walker had 26 points, Monk scored 18 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and the Hornets put the clamps on the NBA's leading scorer, holding Giannis Antetokounmpo to a season-low 14 points and 13 rebounds. Antetokounmpo came in averaging 33.7 points per game, but struggled with foul trouble and was limited to five points in the final three quarters.

Khris Middleton led Milwaukee with 43 points. Malcolm Brogdon added 20.

But this was Monk's night.

The Hornets trailed 86-85 when Antetokounmpo picked up his fifth foul with 36 seconds left in the third quarter.

The Hornets went on a 21-9 tear behind Monk and fellow rookie Dwayne Bacon. Monk had four 3-pointers early in the fourth and Bacon made some clutch shots to help stretch the lead and finished with 10 points.

When Antetokounmpo returned with 7:21 remaining, the Bucks were down 11 and could never regain the lead.

''I like shooting the ball, but attacking is going to help open everything else for my teammates,'' Monk said.

The effort certainly impressed Bucks coach Jason Kidd.

''He made some great plays and you have to tip your hat to the rookie making shots,'' Kidd said. ''As we go forward we'll have a better scouting report, but we know he can shoot the ball and he can get going. He's done that in college and he did that tonight.''

TIP INS

Bucks: John Henson started for the first time this season over Thon Maker. ... Greg Monroe and Jabari Parker did not play due to injuries.

Hornets: Walker recorded his 193rd 20-point game, passing Larry Johnson for the franchise record. ... Jeremy Lamb had 16 points and has scored at least 15 points in every game this season. ... Michael Kidd-Gilchrist played only seven minutes before leaving with an illness. ... Nic Batum, Michael Carter-Williams and Julyan Stone did not play due to injuries.

MIDDLETON LIGHTS IT UP: The loss overshadowed a terrific night for Middleton, who was 15 of 28 from the field and made five 3-pointers to keep the Bucks close.

''It finally felt good to see multiple shots go down, but it would have felt a little bit better if we got the win,'' Middleton said.

FOUL TROUBLE: As for Antetokounmpo, he could never seem to get into a rhythm after picking up two fouls in the first quarter.

''Any time you are going to have to sit and then you have to worry about picking up another foul, you can't be aggressive,'' Kidd said. ''He has to understand where they are going to try to get his next foul. Him and Khris and our bigs have been fouling at a very high rate. As a team we have been fouling at a very high rate. We have to do a better job at that.''

Antetokounmpo said fatigue played a factor after playing the second night of a back-to-back.

''I just missed shots,'' Antetokounmpo said. ''I think that was what happened tonight. I don't see any defense that affects me. I can shoot over guys easily but there were no legs tonight.''

CLIFFORD: DEFENSE AWFUL

Despite the win, Hornets coach Steve Clifford was not happy with his team's defensive performance, saying that is not a formula for winning games.

''That's not a defensive game that's going to lead to consistent success in this league,'' Clifford said.

WALKER'S BIG FIRST HALF

Walker had an impressive first half, scoring 20 points on 6-for-7 shooting from the field, which included making all three 3-point attempts and all five of his free throws to give the Hornets a 60-57 lead at the break.

UP NEXT

Bucks: At Pistons on Friday night.

Hornets: at San Antonio on Friday night.

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Key Players
G. Antetokounmpo
34 F
K. Walker
15 G
34.9 Min. Per Game 34.9
24.4 Pts. Per Game 24.4
6.4 Ast. Per Game 6.4
3.9 Reb. Per Game 3.9
60.0 Field Goal % 48.4
62.3 Three Point % 47.4
78.8 Free Throw % 92.2
  Team rebound 0:00
  John Henson missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
+ 1 Jeremy Lamb made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:04
+ 1 Jeremy Lamb made 1st of 2 free throws 0:04
  Personal foul on Khris Middleton 0:04
+ 3 Khris Middleton made 3-pt. jump shot 0:05
+ 1 Jeremy Lamb made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:10
+ 1 Jeremy Lamb made 1st of 2 free throws 0:10
  Personal foul on Tony Snell 0:10
+ 1 Khris Middleton made 3rd of 3 free throws 0:10
+ 1 Khris Middleton made 2nd of 3 free throws 0:10
Team Stats
Points 121 126
Field Goals 45-91 (49.5%) 45-84 (53.6%)
3-Pointers 19-36 (52.8%) 14-25 (56.0%)
Free Throws 12-15 (80.0%) 22-29 (75.9%)
Total Rebounds 48 47
Offensive 9 7
Defensive 31 34
Team 8 6
Assists 29 21
Steals 3 5
Blocks 3 3
Turnovers 14 11
Fouls 25 18
Technicals 1 1
43 PTS, 5 REB, 7 AST
26 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST
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away team logo Bucks 4-3 32253133121
home team logo Hornets 5-3 25352838126
Team Stats
away team logo Bucks 4-3 101.9 PPG 38.6 RPG 22.0 APG
home team logo Hornets 5-3 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
K. Middleton F 20.1 PPG 5.2 RPG 4.0 APG 46.6 FG%
K. Walker G 22.1 PPG 3.1 RPG 5.6 APG 43.1 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Middleton F 43 PTS 5 REB 7 AST
K. Walker G 26 PTS 2 REB 3 AST
49.5 FG% 53.6
52.8 3PT FG% 56.0
80.0 FT% 75.9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Middleton 39 43 5 7 0 0 0 4 15/28 5/11 8/10 2 3 62 +1
M. Brogdon 37 20 1 4 0 0 1 5 9/16 2/4 0/1 0 1 28 -16
T. Snell 37 17 2 3 0 0 1 1 6/7 5/6 0/0 0 2 24 0
G. Antetokounmpo 31 14 13 5 2 2 3 5 5/16 0/2 4/4 1 12 38 +14
J. Henson 29 4 10 6 1 1 4 5 2/6 0/1 0/0 4 6 24 +12
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Middleton 39 43 5 7 0 0 0 4 15/28 5/11 8/10 2 3 62 +1
M. Brogdon 37 20 1 4 0 0 1 5 9/16 2/4 0/1 0 1 28 -16
T. Snell 37 17 2 3 0 0 1 1 6/7 5/6 0/0 0 2 24 0
G. Antetokounmpo 31 14 13 5 2 2 3 5 5/16 0/2 4/4 1 12 38 +14
J. Henson 29 4 10 6 1 1 4 5 2/6 0/1 0/0 4 6 24 +12
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Teletovic 20 12 4 1 0 0 1 1 4/8 4/6 0/0 1 3 17 -20
T. Maker 18 5 1 0 0 0 2 3 2/4 1/2 0/0 0 1 4 -17
D. Liggins 6 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 1/3 1/2 0/0 0 1 3 +4
M. Dellavedova 18 3 3 3 0 0 1 1 1/3 1/2 0/0 1 2 11 -3
J. Terry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Monroe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bolomboy - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Parker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Vaughn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Payton II - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 121 40 29 3 3 14 25 45/91 19/36 12/15 9 31 211 -25
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Walker 34 26 2 3 0 1 1 0 8/12 3/4 7/7 0 2 34 -8
D. Howard 29 17 11 3 1 0 6 4 6/10 0/0 5/11 2 9 29 -11
J. Lamb 23 16 4 2 0 0 1 0 5/11 2/4 4/5 0 4 23 -2
M. Williams 29 15 4 0 1 0 0 0 5/8 3/5 2/2 1 3 20 -11
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 7 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 1 3 -2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Walker 34 26 2 3 0 1 1 0 8/12 3/4 7/7 0 2 34 -8
D. Howard 29 17 11 3 1 0 6 4 6/10 0/0 5/11 2 9 29 -11
J. Lamb 23 16 4 2 0 0 1 0 5/11 2/4 4/5 0 4 23 -2
M. Williams 29 15 4 0 1 0 0 0 5/8 3/5 2/2 1 3 20 -11
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 7 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 1 3 -2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Monk 22 25 2 1 1 0 0 1 10/17 5/8 0/0 0 2 30 +6
F. Kaminsky 25 11 3 4 0 0 1 0 5/9 0/1 1/1 1 2 21 +18
D. Bacon 24 10 4 1 1 1 0 5 4/9 1/2 1/1 0 4 18 +5
C. Zeller 18 6 8 1 0 1 1 1 2/5 0/0 2/2 2 6 16 +14
T. Graham 24 0 2 5 1 0 1 6 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 1 12 +16
N. Batum - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Stone - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Paige - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Mathiang - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Carter-Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. O'Bryant - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 126 41 21 5 3 11 18 45/84 14/25 22/29 7 34 206 +25