The Charlotte Hornets picked up impressive back-to-back wins over the defending NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks.

On Saturday (Jan. 8), Charlotte defeated Milwaukee, 114-106, at home. Terry Rozier scored a team-high 28 for the Hornets on 11-of-19 shooting (6-of-10 from 3-point range).

Miles Bridges scored 21 for the Hornets on Saturday, and 20-year-old point guard LaMelo Ball contributed 19 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.

The Hornets survived another monster game from reigning two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 43 points and 12 rebounds while shooting 11-of-20 from the field and 18-of-20 from the free-throw line.

Then, on Monday (Jan. 10), the Hornets edged out the the Bucks, 103-99, thanks to a late bucket from Ball, who lost his defender and hit a floater with 15 seconds left to put Charlotte up by two points.

Ball had 23 points, five rebounds and three assists. Rozier once again led Charlotte in scoring, contributing 27 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Charlotte improved to 22-19 overall, good for seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings.

The Hornets have five players averaging more than 16 points per game, led by Bridges at 19.5 and Ball at 19.4. Rozier is averaging 18.1 ppg, Gordon Hayward averages 17.0 and sixth-man Kelly Oubre, Jr. is at 16.6 ppg.

Ball leads the team in assists (7.6), rebounds (7.3) and steals (1.7) per game.

The NBA trade deadline is now less than a month away. According to The Athletic, the Hornets have expressed interest in trading for Indiana center Miles Turner.

Turner (6-foot-11, 250 pounds) is averaging 12.9 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game this season. Turner has led the NBA in blocks in two of the past three seasons; he would help Charlotte’s defense, which ranks 19th in the NBA in points allowed in the paint per game (47.3).

The Hornets rank last in the NBA in second-chance points allowed (15.9).

The All-Star Game is in Cleveland the weekend of Feb. 18.

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