Hornets beat Bucks as LaMelo Ball has career-high scoring night

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Something so many Charlotte Hornets fans wanted — a LaMelo Ball start — happened in the second half, and the result was terrific in a 126-114 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Rookie point guard Ball, replacing the injured Terry Rozier, finished with a career-high 27 points, plus nine assists and five rebounds. The Hornets built a 20-point first-half lead, lost it all, then hung on against Giannis Antetokounmpo, the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player. Antetokounmpo finished with 34 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists. The Hornets got 27 points from Gordon Hayward. Malik Monk …

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