Victory 131-126 Pelicans on Milwaukee Friday Night! Lonzo Ball (27 points at 10/20 including 7/13 at 3-points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists), Eric Bledsoe (25 points at 7/14 at 3-point, 4 assists), Brandon Ingram (28 points at 7/15, 4 assists) and Zion Williamson (21 points at 7/13, 9 rebounds, 7 assists) formed a winning quartet as the Bucks almost pulled up a gap of 28 points late in the game. Steven Adams (4 points), captured 20 rebounds (season record).
Winners of just 2 of their last 10 games before this one, the Pelicans returned 57.1% of their shots (including a 12/21 3-point) in the first 24 minutes and led 47-28 after a layup and a dunk. signed Nickeil Alexander-Walker. On fire, Bledsoe netted him 5 of his first 6 long distance attempts and was 17 points at the break. Opposite, Milwaukee – led 68-45 at the break – only shot 37% in the first half, while losing 8 balls. At 4’35 from the end of the 3rd quarter, the gap rose to 28 points (93-65) on a ball shot. A successful turnaround by Khris Middleton (16 points at 6/17, 8 rebounds, 8 assists) then started a 20-3 in favor of the visitors at the end of the 3rd quarter. Giannis Antetokounmpo (38 points at 15/27, 11 rebounds, 5 assists) completed the run after 3 minutes and 8 seconds on a layup plus foul.
The gap fell under 10 points on a layup of Pat Connaughton (98-89), the Pelicans reacted by scoring the last 5 points of the period, then managed to stay around the 10 point lead until the last minute.