Batum scores 25 as Hornets rout Bucks 115-91

MILWAUKEE (AP) Nicolas Batum scored 23 of his 25 points in the first half and the Charlotte Hornets used a 3-point barrage to rout the Milwaukee Bucks 115-91 on Saturday night.

Marvin Williams added 21 points and Kemba Walker had 18 for the Hornets, who won three of four games in the season series. Charlotte connected on 16 of 29 3-pointers against Milwaukee in this one, a 55 percent clip.

John Henson had 19 points and Jabari Parker 15 for the Bucks, who have lost five straight and six of seven. Milwaukee made just four of 16 (25 percent) from 3-point range.

Charlotte drilled seven 3-pointers in the third quarter on the way to building a 29-point lead.

Batum's 23 first-half points were his most in a half this season, sparking Charlotte to a 55-38 lead after two quarters. The Bucks pulled within five early in the second before a 13-2 Charlotte run, which included 10 points from Batum.

The Hornets jumped out to a 29-17 lead after one quarter, holding the Bucks to 36 percent shooting. Khris Middleton had 11 points in the quarter for Milwaukee.

TIP-INS

Hornets: After playing nine of 12 games at home, Charlotte played its third consecutive road game and is in the midst of a stretch of playing nine of 11 away from the Time Warner Cable Arena. … Frank Kaminsky, who played on the Wisconsin team that faced Duke in last year's NCAA championship game, received a loud ovation when he entered in the first quarter. … Marvin Williams, who has been dealing with an ankle injury, played 33 minutes.

Bucks: Milwaukee opted to not re-sign Jared Cunningham, whose 10-day contract expired after Friday's game. … Rookie Rashad Vaughn was recalled from the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League. Vaughn appeared in four games with Canton and averaged 8.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 21 minutes per game. He struggled considerably with his shooting, going 14 of 46 (30.4 percent) and 1 of 16 from 3-point range (6.3 percent). … Greivis Vasquez continues to practice with the team, but hasn't yet been cleared by the medical staff to play in a game. ''They are going to continue to watch him in practice,'' coach Jason Kidd said.

UP NEXT

Hornets: At Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

Bucks: Host Phoenix on Wednesday night.