MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks' deep and productive reserves led the team to another win. After a slow start, Bucks coach Jason Kidd turned to his reserves. O.J. Mayo and Giannis Antetokounmpo provided some scoring and Zaza Pachulia played inspired basketball at both ends of the court to help Milwaukee reverse course. Mayo finished with 19 points, Angetokounmpo had 14 and starter Brandon Knight scored 16 as the Bucks held off a late Oklahoma City rally to beat the Thunder 85-78 on Tuesday night "We had no energy at the start. Somebody had to come in and do something," said Pachulia, who had six points, six rebounds and three assists in the first half as the Bucks took a 41-38 lead. Milwaukee's reserves, who came in averaging a league-best 45.5 points per game, outscored their Oklahoma City counterparts 53-22. "We talk about energy and effort and trust and we've relied on our second group," Kidd said. "Our first group is still kind of feeling their way around playing with each other." The second team players are "ready whenever coach calls our names," Mayo said. ??"We want to build this thing off energy and effort," he said. "You have to go out there and get after it." Knight scored the first seven points of the third quarter, helping the Bucks take a 69-64 lead heading to the fourth. Milwaukee extend the lead to as much as 11 in the fourth before Oklahoma City pulled within four on two free throws by Ibaka with 31 seconds left. However, the Thunder got no closer. Milwaukee won consecutive games for the first time since March 2013 and snapped a four-game home losing streak against the Thunder. Reggie Jackson had a career high 29 points, nine above his season average, for Oklahoma City. Serge Ibaka added 14 as the Thunder fell to 0-5 on the road. "We were having uncharacteristic turnovers and stopped being strong with the ball," Jackson said.
Published on  November 12, 2014