November 1, 2014

Bucks earn first preseason victory

Caron Butler scored 24 points and O.J. Mayo added 22 to lead the

Larry Drew

Larry Drew

Milwaukee Bucks to a 105-95 exhibition win over the New York Knicks at the Resch Center in Green Bay on Wednesday night.

It’s the first preseason win for the Bucks (1-5) after five straight losses to start the exhibition season.

The Bucks blew a 18-point 3rd quarter lead and saw the Knicks tie the game early in the fourth, but the Bucks made enough key plays down the stretch to preserve the win.

AUDIO: Larry Drew on the Bucks doing well in areas they focussed on :14

Veteran Luke Ridnour played 35 minutes in a starting role due to an injury to starting point guard Brandon Knight.  Ridnour ran the offense and scored 18 points and dished out 11 assists.

AUDIO: Larry Drew on Ridnour’s role :18

The Bucks shot 52% from the field overall and 62% (10 of 16) from three-point range.  The Knicks were held to just 39% shooting from the field.  Carmelo Anthony had 22 points to lead New York, but his just 8 of 23 from the field himself in the loss.

The Bucks close out the preseason Friday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center against the Toronto Raptors.