NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points and the Milwaukee Bucks used a 45-point third quarter to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 130-113 on Tuesday night.
The Pelicans took 107 shots, but made just 46 while the Bucks made 48 of 97. The Pelicans took a franchise-record 47 3-pointers, but made just 10, which the Bucks matched in 11 fewer attempts.
"That's what we are relying on: contested 3-point shots, or get a stop and after that just push the pace," Bucks forward Khris Middleton said. "Push the ball up, try to get the first, best look or not secondary, but play with pace and energy."
Middleton had 23 points, Malcolm Brogdon added 18, and Eric Bledsoe and former Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic each scored 14 for the Bucks. Brook Lopez finished with 13.
Elfrid Payton had his second consecutive triple-double for the Pelicans, finishing with 14 points, a career-high 15 rebounds and 11 assists. He is the first New Orleans player to have a triple-double in consecutive games since Chris Paul in 2008.
Julius Randle scored 23 points and Anthony Davis had 21 points and 12 rebounds.
"We have to shoot the ball better," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. "We took 47 3s and I'd say we took 38 really good ones."
The Bucks led by eight at halftime and took control in the third quarter. Brogdon scored nine points as Milwaukee began the period on a 28-14 run to take an 84-62 lead midway through the quarter.
New Orleans closed within seven points early in the fourth quarter, but Milwaukee scored the next eight points for a 113-98 lead.
"You score 41 in a quarter, you think that you would be able to make up ground," Gentry said.
Davis scored 17 points in the quarter to help New Orleans cut it to 101-89.