Malik Beasley breaks legend's franchise record in Milwaukee Bucks' win over Hornets

Charlotte Hornets v Milwaukee Bucks
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With a 1-5 record in their previous six games, the Milwaukee Bucks desperately needed to get back on the right track against the undermanned Charlotte Hornets on Friday.

Between trade deadline acquisitions sitting out and many injured players sidelined, the Hornets were short on bodies. Despite being on the second night of a back-to-back, the Bucks needed to shake off this slump they have been in. A loss to this team that was without this many key players would have been a gut punch on top of the recent haymakers from other teams.

Thankfully, the Bucks managed to handle business with little resistance. After trailing for a moment in the first quarter, Milwaukee took the lead and held it until the finish line. They didn't look like the Bucks that have been in a massive rut lately, building up a lead as large as 42 points. When the final buzzer sounded, the Bucks walked off the court with a 120-84 victory.

Malik Beasley breaks legend's franchise record in Milwaukee Bucks' win over Hornets

A big reason why the Bucks secured this victory was due to the contributions of guard Malik Beasley. After missing all nine of his 3-point tries against the Minnesota Timberwolves the night before, the shooting guard looked like a new person the following night, shooting 7-of-9 en route to a 21-point outing versus Charlotte.

With his seven 3-point makes, Beasley now has 13 games this season with five-plus 3-point makes. That's a new franchise record, as the previous holder was Ray Allen, one of the best shooters to ever lace them up, who had 12 back in 2001-02. What's crazy about this is that Beasley has set this new record in only 50 games. He still has a chance to put some distance between first and second.

After pushing to play just a day after being acquired, Patrick Beverley left a strong impression in his Bucks debut. In just over 11-and-a-half minutes, the guard scored six points and had six assists, but it was his trademark intensity that stood out. Whether it was picking up players the full length of the court or coaching up his teammates, Beverley brought a needed spark to this team.

Meanwhile, after missing a couple of games due to an ankle injury, Lillard shook off the rust quickly, having scored 26 points on 50 percent shooting while dishing out eight assists. He's still looking to find his stride from the outside, hitting just two of his eight tries, but when he took it inside, he was masterful. Above all else, it was great to have him back in the lineup.

Speaking of positives, Bobby Portis had an efficient game off the bench, clocking in 18 points and seven rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the floor. He looked like the Portis this second unit has been missing all season long, and they will need him to keep this up moving forward.

With so many other players contributing, Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn't forced to have yet another Herculean performance, but he still had a 15-point, 14-rebound game.

Not a single Buck logged over 30 minutes of playing time in this matchup, which is good for rest on the second night of a back-to-back.

On the opposite side of things, the Hornets had a poor shooting night, led by Miles Bridges, who shot an abysmal 2-of-16 from the floor. After scoring over 40 points in back-to-back games, Bridges failed to find any success in Milwaukee, especially with Jae Crowder defending him. Per, Bridges shot 0-of-7 and had a turnover across 28.80 partial possessions when Crowder guarded him.

Rookie Brandon Miller had 16 points on 18 shot attempts, while Cody Martin and Nick Smith Jr. combined to shoot 4-of-19 for 18 points. Overall, Charlotte shot 34.2 percent from the floor and 24.1 percent on threes.

It was a good win for the Bucks, and they will now brace for another back-to-back, this time against the Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat. Hopefully this win gives them some momentum heading into those two key matchups.

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