Rookie Donte DiVincenzo missed 28 straight games with heel bursitis, and the Milwaukee Bucks played so well in that span he wasn’t really missed.
Or was he?
DiVincenzo brought a whole lot of energy in the second quarter Saturday night, and he made a pair of 3-pointers that helped the Bucks close within 59-55 of the Charlotte Hornets at Fiserv Forum.
DiVincenzo’s spark has helped the Bucks get back in the game after trailing by as many as 14 points.
The Bucks were embarrassed at one point, as Cody Zeller missed a free throw after a timeout. The ball fell into the hands of Giannis Antetokounmpo, who thought Zeller still had another free throw coming.
However, Zeller had attempted the first free throw before the timeout, so the missed free throw was a live ball. Zeller went up to Antetokounmpo and took the ball and dunked it to give the Hornets a 45-31 lead.
Along with DiVincenzo’s two 3-pointers, Nikola Mirotic also made a pair of threes. His second triple pulled the Bucks within 57-53 with 1:14 left.
Malcolm Brogdon leads all scorers with 13 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo has eight points but has only attempted four field goals in 15 minutes.
Kemba Walker leads the Hornets with 12 points, all of them in the first quarter when Charlotte took a 32-24 lead.