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Bucks close on 9-0 run to beat Hornets 109-104

MILWAUKEE (AP) With Dwight Howard going out early, Kemba Walker did his best to give the Charlotte Hornets a chance to grab a road victory against the Milwaukee Bucks.

But when Walker went down with an apparent injury late in the fourth quarter, the Bucks capitalized, closing on a 9-0 run for a 109-104 victory Friday night.

''This was a tough game,'' Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. ''There were a lot of emotions in the last game we played. Charlotte is playing extremely well and hard, especially with their coach out. ... They were right there and we found a way down the stretch to make plays on both ends.''

After Walker gave Charlotte a 104-100 lead with 2:24 remaining, Milwaukee held the Hornets scoreless the rest of the way. The Bucks tied it on dunks by Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton and took the lead on Eric Bledsoe's layup.

Middleton scored 28 points, Antetokounmpo had 26, and Bledsoe had 24 points and 10 assists in the first game of the home-and-home set.

Walker had 32 points before leaving with an apparent injury after losing the ball and falling to the floor with the game tied at 104 with 1:42 to play. He also went to the ground in pain in front of the Hornets bench just 39 seconds into the fourth quarter and did not return until there was 5:37 left.

''That's tough for them,'' Middleton said. ''He's their leader, he's their fourth-quarter player and late-game player, makes big shots and big plays for them, so we got a little luck with him going out. We did a great job of taking advantage.

The Hornets did not provide an update as to why Walker left the game. Howard played just five minutes after dislocating his left ring finger in the first quarter.

Hornets interim coach Stephen Silas was unsure as to if either of his top two scorers would play when the two teams meet in Charlotte on Saturday.

''Those are our two main guys,'' Silas said. ''If we could get healthy, and try to figure out the (Bucks) small lineup, I don't think we did a good job of that today.''

Former University of Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky added 16 points for Charlotte, and Marvin Williams had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

The Hornets opened a 75-64 lead with 5:50 left in the third quarter. Milwaukee then went on a 12-0 run to take a 76-75 advantage on Middleton's dunk with 3:16 left in the third.

Milwaukee took the lead twice in the final minute of the third quarter, but Walker answered with 3-pointers each time to give the Hornets an 85-83 lead heading to the fourth.

TIP-INS

Hornets: Kaminsky received a loud ovation when he checked into the game for the first time. ... Guard Treveon Graham missed a third consecutive game due to back spasms.

Bucks: Guard Tony Snell returned to the starting lineup after coming off the bench in his first game back from left patellar tendinitis. ... Signed to a two-way contract Monday, Sean Kilpatrick made his Bucks debut, scoring five points in 10 minutes.

HOWARD EXITS

Howard suffered the injury less than two minutes into the game and temporarily stayed in after having the finger taped during a timeout.

He exited with 7:24 left in the first quarter and did not return.

''I have no idea what happened,'' Howard said. ''I went to take the ball out, I looked down and my finger was bent all the way to the side. They put it back in place, I went back in to play, but it just kept popping out.''

HALL OF FAME

Kidd was named a nominee for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2018 on Thursday. Finalists will be announced during NBA All-Star Weekend in February, with the Class of 2018 unveiled at the NCAA Final Four in April.

UP NEXT

The teams meet again in Charlotte on Saturday night.

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Key Players
K. Walker
15 PG
G. Antetokounmpo
34 PF
38.0 Min. Per Game 38.0
29.7 Pts. Per Game 29.7
4.6 Ast. Per Game 4.6
10.6 Reb. Per Game 10.6
42.3 Field Goal % 54.2
41.5 Three Point % 54.4
85.9 Free Throw % 77.6
  Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo 0:04
  Jeremy Lamb missed driving layup 0:06
+ 1 Eric Bledsoe made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:15
  Team rebound 0:15
  Eric Bledsoe missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:15
  Personal foul on Jeremy Lamb 0:15
  Defensive rebound by Thon Maker 0:17
  Jeremy Lamb missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:21
  Personal foul on Giannis Antetokounmpo 0:31
  Defensive rebound by Marvin Williams 0:31
  Eric Bledsoe missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:32
Team Stats
Points 104 109
Field Goals 39-88 (44.3%) 41-87 (47.1%)
3-Pointers 12-26 (46.2%) 8-29 (27.6%)
Free Throws 14-17 (82.4%) 19-23 (82.6%)
Total Rebounds 49 53
Offensive 9 6
Defensive 34 37
Team 6 10
Assists 21 27
Steals 4 7
Blocks 7 5
Turnovers 9 7
Fouls 18 16
Technicals 1 0
32 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST
24 PTS, 5 REB, 10 AST
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away team logo Hornets 11-21 23362619104
home team logo Bucks 17-13 26263126109
Team Stats
away team logo Hornets 11-21 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Bucks 17-13 101.9 PPG 38.6 RPG 22.0 APG
Key Players
K. Walker PG 22.1 PPG 3.1 RPG 5.6 APG 43.1 FG%
K. Middleton SF 20.1 PPG 5.2 RPG 4.0 APG 46.6 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Walker PG 32 PTS 4 REB 2 AST
K. Middleton SF 28 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
44.3 FG% 47.1
46.2 3PT FG% 27.6
82.4 FT% 82.6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Walker 31 32 4 2 2 1 2 2 13/21 4/9 2/3 0 4 41 0
M. Williams 32 15 10 1 1 1 0 3 4/8 1/2 6/6 2 8 29 -8
N. Batum 31 14 1 6 0 0 3 2 5/7 2/3 2/2 0 1 24 -6
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 31 6 7 4 0 2 0 2 3/11 0/1 0/0 1 6 23 +4
D. Howard 4 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 1 4 -2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Walker 31 32 4 2 2 1 2 2 13/21 4/9 2/3 0 4 41 0
M. Williams 32 15 10 1 1 1 0 3 4/8 1/2 6/6 2 8 29 -8
N. Batum 31 14 1 6 0 0 3 2 5/7 2/3 2/2 0 1 24 -6
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 31 6 7 4 0 2 0 2 3/11 0/1 0/0 1 6 23 +4
D. Howard 4 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 1 4 -2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
F. Kaminsky 30 16 5 3 0 0 1 2 6/12 2/4 2/4 2 3 26 -8
J. Lamb 32 13 4 1 1 0 2 2 5/13 1/4 2/2 0 4 18 -7
M. Carter-Williams 17 3 4 3 0 2 1 3 1/6 1/2 0/0 0 4 14 +2
J. O'Bryant 18 3 7 1 0 0 0 1 1/7 1/1 0/0 4 3 12 +1
M. Monk 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -1
J. Stone - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Paige - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Mathiang - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Zeller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Graham - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Bacon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 104 43 21 4 7 9 18 39/88 12/26 14/17 9 34 191 -25
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Middleton 38 28 3 1 1 1 0 2 12/22 3/8 1/1 0 3 35 +7
G. Antetokounmpo 36 26 7 5 1 0 0 3 9/20 1/3 7/8 1 6 44 +20
E. Bledsoe 35 24 5 10 2 3 4 2 8/16 1/6 7/10 1 4 50 +16
J. Henson 19 6 8 0 0 0 0 1 2/2 0/0 2/2 4 4 14 -13
T. Snell 20 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0/4 0/3 0/0 0 2 4 -9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Middleton 38 28 3 1 1 1 0 2 12/22 3/8 1/1 0 3 35 +7
G. Antetokounmpo 36 26 7 5 1 0 0 3 9/20 1/3 7/8 1 6 44 +20
E. Bledsoe 35 24 5 10 2 3 4 2 8/16 1/6 7/10 1 4 50 +16
J. Henson 19 6 8 0 0 0 0 1 2/2 0/0 2/2 4 4 14 -13
T. Snell 20 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0/4 0/3 0/0 0 2 4 -9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Brogdon 30 14 6 4 1 1 1 2 5/11 2/3 2/2 0 6 29 +7
S. Kilpatrick 10 5 3 2 0 0 0 0 2/3 1/2 0/0 0 3 12 +5
T. Maker 18 4 4 0 0 0 1 0 2/4 0/1 0/0 0 4 7 +13
S. Brown 7 2 1 0 1 0 1 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 1 3 -2
D. Liggins 9 0 4 0 1 0 0 3 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 5 -6
M. Dellavedova 14 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0/3 0/3 0/0 0 0 8 -13
J. Terry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Teletovic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bolomboy - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Parker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Vaughn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 109 43 27 7 5 7 16 41/87 8/29 19/23 6 37 211 +25