Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 1)

Series starts 10/21

Game 1: Saturday, October 21st

Nuggets 108

(1-2, 0-1 away)

Bucks 119

(3-3, 2-0 home)

    7:30 PM ET, October 21, 2006

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    DEN 34 31 22 21108
    MIL 36 40 28 15119

    Milwaukee 119, Denver 108

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Michael Redd can get used to playing up tempo.

    Redd scored 28 points to lead five Bucks in double figures, and Milwaukee used a big first half to surge past the depleted Denver Nuggets 119-108 in a preseason game Saturday night.

    Redd had 19 points before halftime as the Bucks (3-3) scored 76 points in the first half, 40 in the second quarter. They never trailed in the second half.

    "I liked the way we played tonight," Redd said. "We played with the pace of the way Denver plays. They play really up-and-down, fast-paced type basketball. Actually, that's how we like to play, too. We just don't do it all the time. We should. That's where we want to get to."

    The first-half output topped the Bucks' 2005-06 season high for points in a half (74) and helped Milwaukee shake off a dreadful loss to the Dallas Mavericks. The Bucks scored just four points in the third quarter Thursday and fell 88-71.

    "That first half looked like an old Milwaukee-Denver game from the '70s," Bucks coach Terry Stotts said. "That was a fun one ... especially after we struggled down in Dallas shooting the ball.

    "After the last two games, it's good to have some confidence in your offense."

    Denver (2-2) was without three of its stars, including Carmelo Anthony, who missed his second straight game due to a wisdom tooth extraction. Marcus Camby missed his second straight game with a strained left foot, and Kenyon Martin did not play after leaving the game against the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday with a left quadriceps contusion.

    All three traveled with the team and are listed as day-to-day.

    Milwaukee remained without starters Andrew Bogut (lower left leg sprain) and Bobby Simmons (right heel stress reaction). Neither is expected back soon.

    Nuggets coach George Karl said he felt a bit overmatched with three of his best players out.

    "To me, it's a scary stat sheet," he said. "If we shoot free throws and make a couple of threes I think we win the game, not playing any of our good players."

    Denver, which entered play averaging 115.7 points in the preseason, got no closer than five points in the second half. The Nuggets had 23 turnovers.

    Linas Kleiza led Denver with 23 points and eight rebounds in 36 minutes, and reserve Earl Boykins had 18 points and seven assists.

    Joe Smith, traded to the Nuggets in the deal that brought Ruben Patterson to Milwaukee, had 15 points.

    However, Smith left the game in the third quarter after lacerating his right eyelid while fouling Patterson on a layup attempt. He needed stitches and did not return.

    Andre Miller added 15 points for Denver.

    Patterson had 19 points for Milwaukee and Steve Blake added 16, including 13 in the first quarter on 6-of-8 shooting. Blake played 24 minutes off the bench, with Charlie Bell, also vying for minutes at point guard, out due to left foot pain. Bell is listed as day-to-day.

    Maurice Williams, the top replacement for the departed T.J. Ford, returned to the starting lineup after missing the last two contests with a sprained right thumb. He had 10 points.

    "It was just a balanced attack," Redd said. "We did a good job of sharing the wealth tonight."

    Denver had won 15 of 17 preseason games and is still 16-4 in the preseason since 2004.

    "I liked it," Karl said of Saturday's effort. "For as many guys as we had sitting out, I thought it was a pretty fun game for us. I thought we did a lot of good stuff. Didn't defend much."<

    ^Notes:@ Nuggets center Nene did not play in the second half after his right knee swelled up. Nene missed 81 games last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in that same knee. ... The game was the 30th annual MACC Fund game benefiting Midwest Athletes for Childhood Cancer and the Midwest Children's Cancer Center in Milwaukee.

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