3 takeaways from Milwaukee Bucks’ thrilling win over Charlotte Hornets

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - DECEMBER 01 (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Charlotte Hornets: Kelly Oubre Jr.
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – DECEMBER 01 (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

The Milwaukee Bucks’ seven-game win streak was put to the test last night as they welcomed the Charlotte Hornets to town.

Given the amount of star power and name recognition on both sides, this matchup was viewed as must-see television. Ultimately, the contest lived up to the hype, and those that missed the action will kick themselves for doing so. After a 48-minute roller coaster ride, the Bucks left the court as the winning team with a 127-125 victory. There are few words to describe the thrill ride that took place between the Bucks and Hornets last night, but let us put some to paper and take a look at three big takeaways from Milwaukee’s eighth consecutive win.

The Milwaukee Bucks show their resiliency as they gut out a win against the Charlotte Hornets

Although the Bucks managed to secure the victory in the end, it did not come without several challenges, especially early on. The Hornets came out firing from 3-point range while the Bucks could not buy a bucket from the outside. Due to this onslaught from the outside from Charlotte, Milwaukee trailed by 16 points after the first quarter and found themselves in trouble early. Yet, they kept their composure and battled back into it, hanging around until they finally reclaimed a lead near the end of the third quarter.

Just as it looked like the Bucks might start to build a lead in the fourth quarter, the Hornets kept themselves in the game. Neither team could seemingly keep a grip on the lead, as there were an astounding 10 lead changes in the period alone. These two teams battled it out down the stretch late, with Khris Middleton knocking down a big triple, LaMelo Ball hitting one minutes later to tie things up, and then Giannis Antetokounmpo’s eventual game-winner all standing out. There was almost another lead change as Charlotte’s Miles Bridges heaved a prayer at the buzzer that would have won them the game, but it thankfully rattled out.

It was far from pretty, but a win is a win. Things did not look good after the Bucks trailed by 16 at the end of the first, but this team does not fear adversity. With their win streak in jeopardy, it was a team effort for the Bucks to rally together and snatch their eighth straight win. Although it may have caused some gray hairs along the way, seeing the Bucks emerge victorious in a back and forth clutch battle is always worth it.