NBA Preseason Roundup: Cavaliers, Bucks, Nets win on home courts

Milwaukee (1-1) was outscored by 19-3 from the 6:30 mark of the second quarter to the start of the fourth, and lost its third straight preseason game Saturday night, 107-95. “We had a lot…

NBA Preseason Roundup: Cavaliers, Bucks, Nets win on home courts

Milwaukee (1-1) was outscored by 19-3 from the 6:30 mark of the second quarter to the start of the fourth, and lost its third straight preseason game Saturday night, 107-95.

“We had a lot of non-moves tonight, a lot of unforced turnovers and a lot of soft play,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “You can’t play that way at all.”

Zach LaVine finished with a team-high 22 points and Fred VanVleet scored 17 for the Bulls, who went more than seven minutes before building a double-digit lead.

“We’re just happy with the win,” said Bulls coach Jim Boylen, who made a couple of lineup switches in the second half. “We kept them at bay for a couple of minutes and that was it.”

Knicks 103, Nets 90

Brandon Jennings had 21 points and seven assists, Tim Hardaway Jr. added 17 points, and New York won in a preseason opener at Brooklyn.

Rookie forward Frank Ntilikina had 10 points and seven rebounds. Rookie Kevin Knox had 13 points and Damyean Dotson scored 12 for the Knicks.

Luka Doncic led the Nets with 13 points, and Jarrett Allen and Jarrett Allen each scored 12.

Trail Blazers 96, Pacers 91

Damian Lillard had 32 points and nine assists, and Portland rallied from 19 points down in the third quarter to beat Indiana.

CJ McCollum added 19 points and CJ McCollum had 18 for the Trail Blazers. Al Jefferson had 15 points for the Pacers.

Knicks 113, Knicks 120

Mario Hezonja scored a season-high 22 points, and Courtney Lee added 18 for New York, which won in overtime after trailing by 16 at halftime.

Maurice Ndour had 18 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists for the Knicks. Ramon Sessions finished with 17 points, and Doug McDermott had 15.

Demarcus Cousins scored 22 points, and Frank Ntilikina and Lance Thomas each had 14 for the Knicks. Jarrett Allen and Yogi Ferrell each had 12 points for the Knicks.

Knicks rookie Kevin Knox was the only player to shoot 50 percent in the game. Cousins was 4 for 8 from behind the arc.

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Addressing reporters on Saturday, coach Jim Boylen talked about going “all in” on shooters and making them “must-use” on the floor. Asked to elaborate, he stated a straightforward desire. “We want them to be in their spots,” Boylen said. “Whether you’re a 2 or a 3, you’re going to be in your spot. The only way you’re going to be in your spot is if you are getting shots and assists and you’re making plays.” That may mean defending with two big men, or playing one forward and one guard, or playing three power forwards at the same time. “He said it a couple times,” Thomas said. “If you’re going to work on it, you want to be in the spots you’re supposed to be in. We’ve been working on it at practice.”

Perimeter confidence The Bulls hit their first six shots from 3-point range and finished 11 of 19 from beyond the arc.

“We definitely had a good offensive rhythm going,” LaVine said. “Paint was OK, but we were penetrating and getting to the paint more, getting into the lane and hitting shooters.”

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