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Pelicans shine in final Orlando tune-up, crush Bucks behind JJ Redick’s 20-point third-quarter outburst

Whether or not the New Orleans Pelicans win the NBA championship, they can lay claim to the exhibition game title.

The Pelicans are now 8-0 in those games, 3-0 while preparing for the restart of the 2019-20 season.

Monday night, the Pelicans polished off the Milwaukee Bucks 124-103. New Orleans trailed by as many as 13 points before outscoring Milwaukee by 30 points over the final three quarters.

The Bucks have been the league’s best defensive team all year, and they showed why against the Pelicans early. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton set the tone as the Bucks capitalized on misfired shots and a few mistakes in building their early lead.