MILWAUKEE — Terry Rozier scored a season-high 39 points in the first quarter of a 138-109 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night and the Charlotte Hornets matched an NBA record with 51 points.
Charlotte’s 51-point outburst tied the NBA mark for a first quarter set by the Golden State Warriors against the Denver Nuggets in 2019. It was also a franchise record for most points in any period.
The Hornets became the third team in the Shot Clock Era to score 50 points in the first quarter in a road game: the Warriors did so against Denver and the Syracuse Nationals scored 50 on December 16, 1962 at the San Francisco Warriors.
Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo, who entered third in the league with 32.7 points per game, had a season-low nine assists in 22 minutes. He shot 2 of 7 from the field and 5 of 11 at the free throw line. Antetokounmpo’s previous low this season was 16 points twice.
Bobby Portis had 19 points and 12 rebounds in his sixth straight double-double with the Bucks, who lost six of nine.
LaMelo Ball added 24 points and PJ Washington scored 23 for the Hornets, whose 10–29 record entering the game ranked among the worst in the NBA. Hornets starters scored 114 points against the Bucks, the most points scored by a team’s starters in franchise history.
Charlotte led 51–28 after the first quarter and extended the lead to 84–60 at halftime, making 14 of 30 3-pointers. The 84 points were the second most in any half in franchise history, trailing only the Hornets’ 87 in the second half of the previous season during a 156–128 win at Indiana.
Rozier scored 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting in the first half, including 5-of-11 from deep, and Ball was 6-of-9 on 3-pointers en route to 19 points before halftime.
Charlotte led 112–87 entering the fourth quarter.
The Hornets, who had their biggest first quarter lead of 45–17, made 20 of 29 shots in the opening period for 69%, including 7-of-14 from beyond the arc.
The Hornets outgained the Bucks 35–1 in turnover points, the best turnover point differential (+34) of any team in the last 25 seasons.
ESPN Stats & Info y The Associated Press contributed to this information.