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Mayo, Knight help Bucks hold off Thunder, 85-78
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- O.J. Mayo scored 19 points and Brandon Knight added 16 as the Milwaukee Bucks held off a late Oklahoma City rally to beat the Thunder 85-78 on Tuesday night.
Reggie Jackson had 29 points, nine above his season average, for Oklahoma City. Serge Ibaka added 14 as the Thunder fell to 0-5 on the road.
The Bucks led by five after three quarters and extended their lead to as much as 11 in the fourth. Oklahoma City cut the lead to four on two free throws by Ibaka with 31 seconds left but got no closer.
Milwaukee trailed by 10 in the second quarter before taking a 41-38 lead at the half. Zaza Pachulia had six points, six rebounds and three assists in the first half.
Knight scored Milwaukee's first seven points of the third quarter as the Bucks began to take control of the game.
Oklahoma City held a 22-15 lead after the first quarter, holding Milwaukee to 35 percent shooting.
Thunder: Decimated by injuries, Oklahoma City finally dressed 10 players for a game with Anthony Morrow, who scored 10 points, making his season debut after recovering from a knee injury. "It's nice to have an extra body," coach Scott Brooks said. The team's top players, Kevin Durant (right foot fracture) and Russell Westbrook (fractured finger) remain sidelined for extended periods. Four other players also sat out, including Perry Jones, Grant Jerrett, Andre Roberson and Mitch McGary. "We've just plugged along and tried to focus on what we can control," Brooks said.
Bucks: The Bucks announced shortly before tip-off that Khris Middleton had a sore right knee and would be in uniform but unlikely be available to play. ... Coach Jason Kidd has been pleased with the defensive effort of veteran forward Ersan Ilyasova, who was moved into the starting lineup after coming off the bench for the first three games this season. "I like the way he's competing defensively," Kidd said. Ilyasova has struggled on offense, however, and entered the game shooting just 23 percent from 3-point range. "The shots will come," Kidd added.
Thunder: At Boston on Wednesday.
Bucks: At Orlando on Friday.