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Offensive firepower on display when Bucks visit Pelicans
Milwaukee Bucks at New Orleans Pelicans
- Milwaukee has won four straight meetings with the Pelicans, averaging 125.0 points per game on 50.1 percent shooting in those victories. This is the Bucks longest-ever winning streak over New Orleans, having never managed to win more than two in a row before.
- The Bucks held the Raptors to 40.4 percent shooting in their 115-108 win on Wednesday. It was the 41st time since the start of last season that Milwaukee held a team under 41.0 percent shooting, most in the NBA, with the Bucks going 39-2 in those games.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo has taken 10.1 free throws per game, shooting at 58.4 percent for the season, on pace to become the fourth player to take at least 10 free throws per game in a season while shooting under .600 (Shaquille O'Neal 9 times, Wilt Chamberlain 9 times, Dwight Howard 5 times -- min 70% of team games).
- The Pelicans recorded a 124-106 win over the Wizards on Wednesday night, shooting 51.7 percent from the field. New Orleans is 3-0 when shooting at least 50.0 percent this season and 3-10 when they make fewer than half their shots.
- Zion Williamson scored 32 points on 12-for-16 (.750) shooting against Washington on Wednesday, the third time in his career he's scored 30 points while shooting 75.0 percent from the field, more than any other player since his debut on January 22, 2020. He's also the only player to do so twice this season.
- Milwaukee has scored at least 120 points in five straight games against the Pelicans. They last scored at least 120 in six straight games against a single opponent from February 1970 to February 1971 against the SuperSonics. New Orleans has never allowed 120 points to a team in six straight games.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton each scored 24 points in the Milwaukee Bucks' victory Wednesday night, while Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson each scored 32 points in the New Orleans Pelicans' victory on the same night.
All four standout players will be on the court when the Bucks visit the Pelicans on Friday night.
Antetokounmpo added 18 rebounds and nine assists and Middleton had 10 rebounds and seven assists in Milwaukee's 115-108 victory against Toronto in Tampa on Wednesday.
The Bucks clamped down on their defense in the second quarter, holding the Raptors to 21 points. Toronto made 6 of 12 3-pointers in the first quarter, then just 5 of their next 16 before halftime.
"I think the defense in the second quarter was maybe the difference in the game," Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said. "It just felt like we were competing, everybody was together.
"They're going to shoot a bunch of 3s, you've just got to make it tough on them, contest them, maybe get them off their spot, their rhythm in their 3s."
It was the Bucks' second straight victory after they had consecutive losses for the first time this season.
"I think we took a step in the right direction," Middleton said.
Brook Lopez scored in double figures for the fifth consecutive game, finishing with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting.
"I thought some of the ball movement, some of the togetherness was one of our better games," Budenholzer said.
This will be the first regular season game in New Orleans for Bucks guard Jrue Holiday since the Pelicans moved him as part of a four-team trade in Novemeber. Holiday scored 15 points in a preseason loss to the host Pelicans.
Holiday's departure opened the door for Ingram and Williamson to take on bigger roles this season.
The Pelicans have struggled, as their 124-106 victory against the Washington Wizards was just New Orleans' second in 10 games, but Ingram and Williamson both had 30-plus points in the same game for the first time in their two seasons together.
The Pelicans took a season-high 43 3-pointers and Ingram made 7 of 12.
"Every time we came down, it just felt like we were searching for the best shot on the basketball court," Ingram said. "We had some good offense. Our defense was pretty good, too, and then defense ran into transition baskets. Everybody was aggressive and ready to play."
New Orleans allowed its fewest points in 11 games, thanks in part to a 50-39 rebounding edge, led by Steven Adams' 18 boards.
"We looked very sharp on defense," Williamson said. "I think in the first quarter there was a point in my head I was thinking, 'I think Steven has grabbed every rebound.' It just felt like that.
"Steven has a high IQ for the game. He knows how to position himself very well. He has a lot of great techniques for boxing out and positioning himself for the rebound."
Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball missed the second half after injuring an ankle in the first half. Coach Stan Van Gundy said the early report on Ball's injury was "pretty positive."
--Field Level Media
Updated January 28, 2021