For the first time in more than 16 years the Milwaukee Bucks are 12 games above .500.
Coach Mike Budenholzer’s club got there with a 123-115 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.
Milwaukee once again got a big contribution from 2017 first-round pick D.J. Wilson. After playing a career-high 26 minutes on Monday against Detroit, the Michigan product was on the floor for 24 minutes and contributed nine points and 10 rebounds, the latter being a career-high.
The win pushed the Bucks to 21-9, the first time they’ve been that many games clear of .500 since Jan. 23, 2002. It also moved Milwaukee to 14-3 at Fiserv Forum, the second-best home record in the NBA.
The Bucks will now hit the road for three games with stops in Boston, Miami and then in New York on Christmas Day.