MILWAUKEE – Miles Bridges scored 26 runs to lead the Charlotte Hornets to a 127-119 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, who played without all five of their usual starters on Friday-evening.
The Hornets (27-24) are three games above .500 for the first time since January 2017. Charlotte closed that 2016-17 season with a record of 36-46.
Charlotte allowed five players to score at least 18 points. Terry Rozier and Devonte 'Graham each scored 20 points. Jalen McDaniels had 19 and PJ Washington added 18.
Milwaukee lost its third straight series because it rested its best players one night after finishing a six-game trip with a 116-101 loss at Dallas. Jordan Nwora, a rookie second-round pick from Louisville, scored 24 points to lead the Bucks.
Reigning two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo missed a fourth game in a row with a sore left knee that has kept him out of six of the Bucks' last 11 games. The Bucks also missed Jrue Holiday (bruised left knee), Donte DiVincenzo (bruised right hip), Brook Lopez (painful back), Khris Middleton (painful right knee) and reserve forward P.J. Tucker (tense left calf).
Tucker has missed the Bucks' last nine games. DiVincenzo, Holiday, Lopez and Middleton all played on Thursday.
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer wasn't sure how soon they could return.
"We'll see how they feel for the next two days," Budenholzer said before the game. "I think we're hopeful, with perhaps P.J. as an exception, that these guys can all be on the short side. But Giannis has missed several games, so we have to see how he feels.
Charlotte also missed some of the protagonists.
The Hornets announced this on Saturday Gordon Hayward would miss at least four weeks with a sprained right foot. LaMelo ball has not played since March 20 due to a broken right wrist. Malik Monk has a sprained right ankle and hasn't played since April 1.
In their last home game, the Bucks missed four starters plus the usual sixth man Bobby Portis, but gave the New York Knicks everything they could handle before falling 102-96.
The Bucks reserves weren't that competitive on Friday.
Charlotte took the lead in the middle of the first quarter for good with a Bridges 3 pointer and led through a whopping 21.
Jeff Teague scored 19 and Bryn Forbes added 18 for the Bucks, who had six players in double digits.
Hornets: Improved to 2-0 against the Bucks this season. The Hornets defeated the Bucks 126-114 in Charlotte on January 30. Before this season, the Hornets had lost their last five meetings with the Bucks.
Bucks: This was the Bucks' only home game in a 10-game period. They will visit Orlando, Minnesota and Atlanta in their next three games. Zora Stephenson became the first woman to work play-by-play duties in a regular season game on a Bucks broadcast squad on Friday. Stephenson, typically the sideline reporter on Bucks broadcasts, replaced Jim Paschke.
Hornets: Host Atlanta on Sunday in the first of three consecutive home games. The Hornets will attempt to complete a sweep of their three-game series in the regular season with the Hawks.
Bucks: On Sunday in Orlando to start a three-game trip. The Bucks won 121-99 in Orlando on January 11 in their only previous game this season.