Giannis Antikonmo Had 42 points and 10 rebounds, Holiday capped off his 18-point, 11-assist performance by hitting 3 with 1:17 remaining, and Milwaukee Bucks The New Orleans surge came late to beat the Pelicans 128-119 Monday night.
“There’s just something about being in this gym,” Holliday said of his Crucial 3 role, the Bucks’ coach. Mike Budenholzer called “Maybe the Biggest Shot in the Game”.
“I think I did it a little bit here,” Holliday continued. “So, just get off that screen and let it fly.”
Brook Lopez She mixed in four three-pointers with opportunistic play in the paint to score 30 points for the Bucks, who led as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter before the Pelicans took a 22-7 lead and pulled out to 117-114. CJ McCollumvanished.
Shortly after Holiday made his big shot, he set up a Lopez pass for the cut to effectively guarantee New Orleans’ fourth straight loss in the wake of their seven-win streak.
“The moment we decided to go ahead in the fourth quarter, we got back in the game. I didn’t think we lasted 48 minutes,” said Pelicans coach Willie Green.
Milwaukee, winning 10 of 13, held a double-digit lead for long stretches while thwarting Williamson for much of the game.
Guarded primarily by Holiday, with Lopez and Antetokounmpo spinning behind them protecting the edge, Williamson was limited to nine points through the first three quarters. He scored nine in the last 12 minutes to finish with 18 points.
“We know he’s such a big part of their attack that if he doesn’t score, we have a good chance. I feel like we’re kind of frustrated,” Holiday said.
Williamson’s annoyance was evident when he was assessed a technical foul while speaking angrily to official John Conley in the third quarter.
“Jrue, in a subtle, simple way, is very, very strong and I think he liked the challenge, hitting him to a point, having the strength to do a bit of a punch, putting pressure on him a little bit,” Budenholzer said. “Maybe there are only a few guards, even if it’s that many, like Jrue who could probably raise him higher, pick him up early, and do a few different things with him.”
Jonas Valanciūnas He scored a season-high 37 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for New Orleans, but hit only one of seven 3-pointers in the second half.
McCollum scored 31 for New Orleans, which lost at home for the first time in eight games.
Green said, “We’re going to be fine. We have to be able to accept some of the bad with the good. … We have to climb our way out of it.”
With several Bucks defenders trying to cut Williamson off the basket early on, the ball tended to find Valanciunas open on the perimeter. The Lithuanian senior scored 6 of his 8 3-point attempts and scored 28 points in the first half.
Antetokounmpo, returning from a sore left knee, scored 26 in the first half on shots that ranged from 3, to a Eurostep throw through a crowd of defenders, to a high alley.
dollars: Pat Connaughton scored 11 points. … edged out New Orleans in the paint 54-42. … Antetokounmpo made 17 of his 22 free throws. … shot 55.6% (45-of-81) overall, including 13-of-40 from depth.
Pelicans: F Brandon Ingram (leaving a bruised toe) He missed his 11th straight game. …F Larry Nance Jr. He sat down with his sore right Achilles. …hit 18 of the 45 3s and shot 42.2% (42 of 99) overall.
Englis check in
Joe Engels He made his Bucks debut in a backup role after recovering nearly 11 months from knee surgery to repair a torn ACL. Playing for the first time since Jan. 30, when he was with Utah, Engels saw 15 minutes of action but missed all four of his shots — all from 3-point range — and didn’t score.
Bucks: In Cleveland on Wednesday.
Pelicans: Host San Antonio on Thursday.
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