MILWAUKEE – Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis scored 16 points each to help the Milwaukee Bucks cruise to a 99-85 victory over the struggling Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.
Beno Udrih had nine points, 10 assists and six rebounds for the Bucks, who shot 42 percent from the field and improved to 2-2 at home.
Tyler Hansbrough scored 17 points for the Pacers, while Gerald Green and Paul George added 12 points apiece. Indiana, which shot 38 percent, lost its fifth straight on the road after a season-opening win at Toronto.
The Bucks scored the first seven points of the game and led throughout. Their lead was as high as 27 in the second quarter and 32 early in the third before they played their reserves throughout the fourth.
The Pacers’ offense has struggled so far this season as the team adjusts to playing without Danny Granger, its leading scorer of the past five seasons. Granger is out for about three months with a patella problem in his left knee.
Tobias Harris scored the first five points in the Bucks’ opening spurt. Milwaukee, which lost all three games to Indiana last season, also had a 10-0 run midway through the quarter and held a 33-17 advantage at the end of the period.
The Bucks led 60-34 lead at halftime on 48 percent shooting. Indiana, meanwhile, shot just 32 percent in the first half. Milwaukee’s lead was 82-53 heading into the fourth.
PISTONS 94, 76ERS 76: In Philadelphia, Greg Monroe had 19 points, 18 rebounds and six assists to help Detroit post its first win of the season.
Kyle Singler scored 16 points, and Tayshaun Prince and Brandon Knight each scored 15 points for a Detroit (1-8) team off to its worst start in franchise history. Playing their seventh road game out of nine games this season, the Pistons controlled the lethargic Sixers from the opening tip.
Four Pistons starters scored in double digits and forward Jason Maxiell had eight points and 12 rebounds.
ROCKETS 100, HORNETS 96: In Houston, James Harden scored 30 points, Omer Asik added 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead Houston.
Harden went 10 for 20 from the field but only 1 of 7 from three-point range. He reached 30 points for the third time in seven games with the Rockets.
CELTICS 98, JAZZ 93: In Boston, Paul Pierce hit two free throws with 19.5 seconds left and finished with 23 points, lifting Boston.
Jeff Green and Leandro Barbosa each scored 16 points for the Celtics, who won for the fifth time in six games.
BOBCATS 89, TIMBERWOLVES 87: In Minneapolis, Kemba Walker’s jumper with 0.7 seconds left lifted Charlotte.
Walker finished with 22 points, five assists and four rebounds.
GRIZZLIES 107, THUNDER 97: In Oklahoma City, Rudy Gay scored a season-high 28 points, Zach Randolph added 20 points and 11 rebounds before getting ejected along with Kendrick Perkins during a late-game altercation as Memphis won.
MAVERICKS 107, WIZARDS 101: In Dallas, Chris Kaman scored 23 points and had eight rebounds in only his second start for Dallas, which held on against winless Washington.
O.J. Mayo had 25 points as the Mavericks snapped a three-game losing streak.