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Milwaukee 127, New Orleans 112
When: 9:30 PM ET, Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Where: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Officials: #49 Tom Washington, #68 Jacyn Goble, #74 Curtis Blair
Attendance: 17385

Eric Bledsoe scored 29 points as the host Milwaukee Bucks won their 16th consecutive game despite the absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo, routing the New Orleans Pelicans 127-112 on Wednesday night.

Antetokounmpo, the reigning NBA MVP, sat out the game because of a sore quad tendon and three teammates joined Bledsoe in double figures. Khris Middleton scored 24, Ersan Ilyasova added 18 and George Hill had 13.

The Bucks, who are tied with the Los Angeles Lakers for the best record in the league (22-3), matched their longest winning streak since winning 16 in a row over two seasons in 1973.

JJ Redick scored 31, Brandon Ingram had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Jrue Holiday scored 21 and rookie Jaxson Hayes had 12 points to lead the Pelicans, who lost their 10th game in a row.

The Pelicans, who had made just 11 of 70 3-pointers in their last two games, hit 16 of 45 on Wednesday. But they shot just 44.3 percent (39 of 88) overall while Milwaukee shot 53.8 percent (50 of 93) from the floor.

The Bucks led 69-46 at halftime, but the Pelicans started chipping away in the third quarter.

They crept within 95-82 on rookie Nickeil Alexander-Walker's 3-pointer with 2:43 left in the period.

Sterling Brown scored five points as Milwaukee rebuilt the lead to 105-86 at the end of the quarter.

Hill's basket gave Milwaukee a 111-88 lead early in the fourth quarter and they kept New Orleans at a safe distance the rest of the way.

Ingram, the Pelicans' leading scorer with an average of 24.9 points per game, went to the bench after committing his third foul with 5:45 left in the first quarter. The Bucks had a 25-12 lead.

The lead grew to 35-12 before Redick made a basket for New Orleans. Holiday scored the final six points, leaving Milwaukee with a 35-20 lead at the end of the period.

The Pelicans cut the lead to 11 early in the second quarter, but the Bucks built it to as many as 28 points before taking a 69-46 halftime lead.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
New Orleans   Milwaukee
JJ Redick 31 Scoring Eric Bledsoe 29
Lonzo Ball 6 Assists Eric Bledsoe 6
Brandon Ingram 10 Rebounds Ersan Ilyasova 9
JJ Redick 8 Free Throws Made Eric Bledsoe 4
Lonzo Ball 4 Steals George Hill 3
Jaxson Hayes 2 Blocks Brook Lopez 1
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
New Orleans 112 44.3 16-45 18-22 29 42 5 8 21
Milwaukee 127 53.8 19-39 8-9 27 43 2 13 15
Upcoming Games
  • Milwaukee will play their next game on the road against Memphis. The Bucks have a W/L % of .864 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • New Orleans will play their next game on the road against Philadelphia. The Pelicans have a W/L % of .286 after a win and .222 after a loss.