The Milwaukee Bucks have found a way to get it done all season long. That did not change on Friday.
The Charlotte Hornets led the Bucks on the road for almost the entire game. They even went into the fourth quarter with an 11-point lead, just 12 minutes away from beating the NBA's best team at home.
The final 12 minutes, however, did not unfold in their favor by any means.
Giannis Antetokounmpo absolutely took over, going into MVP mode in the first five minutes of the final frame. He had eight points, two rebounds, two blocks, a steal and an assist to bring his team within three points with seven minutes to go.
By the five and a half minute mark, the Bucks had taken a 95-94 lead, completely taking the life out of the Hornets following their 19-5 run.
Kemba Walker responded with a layup to regain the lead, but Antetokounmpo had an insane spin move for a dunk to take the lead right back.
MIDDLE CHILD#FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/UFQakxUW3Z- Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) January 26, 2019
After a quick scoring drought for each team, Khris Middleton buried a huge 3-pointer to give the Bucks a 102-96 lead with 2:25 on the clock, one they would not surrender.
Antetokounmpo would finish with 34 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks. The dynamic duo of Malcolm Brogdon and Eric Bledsoe stepped up, as they have all season, with 19 points and 18 points respectively.
After tonight's win, the Bucks have the best record in the NBA at 35-12 and the best home record at 22-4.
As for the Hornets, in the final two and a half minutes of the game, Walker was forced to leave the game after diving on the floor for a loose ball.
INJURY UPDATE: @hornets Kemba Walker suffered a mild neck strain in the closing minutes of the 4th Qtr at MIL #Hornets30- Charlotte Hornets PR (@HornetsPR) January 26, 2019
Charlotte doesn't return to action until Monday at home against the New York Knicks, so Walker should have plenty of time to get some rest.