Reporter Lee Sang-cheol = The NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks defeated the New Orleans Pelicans with Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 42-point performance to take the lead in the Eastern Conference.

Milwaukee beat New Orleans 128-119 in the 2022-23 NBA regular league away game held at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA on the 20th (Korean time).

With this, Milwaukee recorded 22 wins and 8 losses for the season and kept first place in the Eastern Conference. The gap with the second-place Boston Celtics (22-9) widened to 0.5 games.

Milwaukee led the attack with Antetokounmpo scoring 42 points (10 rebounds), the most in the team, and Brook Lopez also scored 30 points (7 rebounds), including four 3-pointers. Cruz Halladay did his part with 18 points and 11 assists.

On the other hand, New Orleans suffered four consecutive losses and finished fourth in the Western Conference with 18 wins and 12 losses. Jonas Balansunas (37 points, 18 rebounds) and CJ McCollum (31 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists) combined for 68 points, but could not prevent the team from losing.메이저놀이터

Milwaukee entered the fourth quarter with a 101-90 lead, but struggled against New Orleans’ counterattack with McCallum at the fore. McCollum scored 14 points only in the 4th quarter, but the score was 117-114 with 1 minute and 32 seconds left at the end of the quarter, with only a 3-point gap.

At this time, Holliday’s 3-point shot went through the rim. Lopez followed up with two points to widen the gap to 122-114.

Afterwards, New Orleans, whose shooting accuracy declined, tried to break the opponent’s attack with a foul, but Milwaukee seized the victory with Lopez, Holliday, and Antetokounmpo all succeeding in free throws.