LaMelo Ball of Charlotte had a triple-double with 27 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds, but the Bucks were able to hold him off. Fourth-worst in the NBA going into the game was Charlotte (16-36), but on Jan. 6 the Hornets defeated Milwaukee 138-109 to inflict the Bucks their second-most lopsided defeat of the year. The Hornets scored 51 points in the first quarter of the game, tying the NBA record, and held Antetokounmpo to nine points.
Antetokounmpo spoke on the necessity for the Bucks to perform better in the rematch with the Hornets during part of his postgame news conference on Sunday, despite scoring 50 points in a 135-110 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. When Antetokounmpo made a 3-pointer with 7:13 left, Milwaukee went ahead 114-97. However, they wouldn't score again until Antetokounmpo made a driving layup with 27.1 seconds left.