MILWAUKEE, WI (WHBL) - The Milwaukee Bucks hobbled into the N-B-A All-Star break after losing at home to New Orleans Wednesday night, 102-98. The Bucks were leading by five when Pelicans' All-Star Anthony Davis sat out the final 10 minutes of the third quarter with foul trouble. But Milwaukee could not capitalize, as New Orleans scored 37 points in the third period to take a seven-point lead into the final quarter. The Bucks came back, but Ersan Ilyasova missed an easy dunk with just under two minutes to play. Milwaukee was down by two with 25 seconds left when teammates Brandon Knight and Khris Middleton collided and the Bucks lost the ball. Eric Gordon iced the win by hitting a pair of free throws with eight seconds remaining. Gordon had 21 points, and was one of seven Pelicans in double figures. Knight led Milwaukee with 22 points and nine assists. Ilyasova, who missed two games with back spasms, added 16. The Bucks enter the All-Star break at 9-43, and coach Larry Drew says he'll consider the final 30 games as a new season with a focus on the future. Bucks' rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo will be in two events during All-Star Weekend in New Orleans -- the Rising Stars' contest and the Skills Challenge. Milwaukee's next game is next Tuesday night at home against Orlando.
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