LaMelo Ball failed to win the NBA Cup over Damian Lillard's Bucks.

Damian Lillard scored 27 points, Malik Beasley added 20 and the Milwaukee Bucks overcame a 37-point effort from LaMelo Ball to beat the Charlotte Hornets 130-99 on Friday night and remain unbeaten in NBA In-Season Tournament play.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 16 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Bucks, who've won three straight

Beasley had six 3s and Lillard five as the Bucks went 22 of 45 from beyond the arc and outscored the Hornets 38-18 in the fourth quarter.

"I loved how we shared the ball and moved the ball and were looking for each other," Bucks coach Adrian Griffin said. "That is what we have been stressing the last week or so, and it's a fun way to play.




Giannis really spearheaded that and was spreading it around and we were getting open shots."

Milwaukee's victory sets up a showdown on Nov. 28 in Miami against the Heat, the only other undefeated team in East Group B in what might determine who'll advance to the single-elimination knockout stage.

He believes that is partly because he's been allowed to play the entire first quarter in each of the last two games - something he routinely did with the Portland Trail Blazers.