Pelicans lose 3rd straight on road trip
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Khris Middleton scored 19 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo added 18 and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the New Orleans Pelicans 103-92 on Saturday night.
Jerryd Bayless had 17 points for Milwaukee, which put six players in double figures and snapped a six-game losing streak to New Orleans that dated to 2012.
Anthony Davis had 29 points and 11 rebounds for the Pelicans, who have lost seven of eight. Luke Babbitt added 16 points and nine rebounds, both season highs. He also logged a season-high 38 minutes.
Milwaukee used a 14-2 run midway through the fourth, capped by Jabari Parker's dunk, to build a 15-point margin and gain control of the game.
Milwaukee led 55-52 at the half as New Orleans made just three of 19 3-pointers.
After trailing for nearly all the first half, New Orleans grabbed a 69-68 lead midway through the third, but Milwaukee held a 77-71 lead heading to the fourth.
The Bucks led by as many as 12 in the second quarter, sparked by Tyler Ennis scoring eight points in a three-minute stretch.
The Bucks led 33-28 after the first quarter on 58 percent shooting. Davis had 12 first-quarter points.
Pelicans: Guard Norris Cole missed a third consecutive game with a sore back. "His back is still just a little bit too tight," coach Alvin Gentry said. "Hopefully, we'll get him back for the last two games on the trip. It's kind of day to day."
Bucks: Forward John Henson, who missed his 19th consecutive game with a back injury, returned to practice earlier in the week for the first time in more than a month and could see game action this coming week. "He's made progress," coach Jason Kidd said. "Hopefully, Monday he can do some stuff and then Tuesday or Thursday he can go." ... Guard O.J. Mayo is out for the rest of the season after breaking his right ankle Thursday morning going down a set of stairs at his home, according to the team. Mayo's injury occurred on the same day that point guard Michael Carter-Williams had season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip.
Pelicans: At Golden State on Monday night.
Bucks: At Brooklyn on Sunday night.