Milwaukee at Charlotte

Bucks hand defeat to Bobcats; Redd leads Milwaukee with 21 points

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- David Noel is determined to continue the tradition in Milwaukee where second-round draft picks not only make the team, but flourish.

Noel, in his first game back in North Carolina after a four-year career with the Tar Heels, scored 14 points, while Michael Redd -- a former second-round pick himself -- had 21 to lead the Bucks to a 104-100 preseason victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night.

Noel was 6-of-7 from the field, including a jumper with just over 2 minutes to go that gave the Bucks a five-point lead.

"Not only did he play well as a starter in the first and third quarter, but also coming back and making big plays late in the game," Bucks coach Terry Stotts said. "I thought he played another solid game."

Noel, battling to make the final roster, hopes to follow in the footsteps of former second-round picks Redd, Ruben Patterson and Maurice Williams.

"Two days ago we were talking about that on our way to Minnesota and all of us in the back of the bus were second-round picks," Noel said. "They've all lasted this long in the league. Hopefully I can do the same thing."

Redd finished 7-of-16 from the field and was 6-of-8 at the free throw line before sitting out the fourth quarter. Charlie Bell added 16 points for Milwaukee.

Raymond Felton had 20 points, six rebounds and five assists in three quarters for Charlotte, while fellow Tar Heel Sean May added 17 points and nine rebounds. Rookie forward Adam Morrison scored 11 points for the Bobcats, who had 22 turnovers and were outscored 30-19 in the fourth quarter.

"The core group was pretty good," Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "The fourth quarter, with the group we had in there, we just didn't get a shot off."

Morrison, who scored a game-high 19 points in Charlotte's exhibition opener Tuesday against Orlando, started Friday and was 5-for-12 from the field before sitting out the final 12 minutes.

Morrison, the No. 3 overall pick in the draft, scored on a variety of fallaway jumpers, running one-handers and outside shots. He was average on defense, splitting time guarding Noel, Bell and Ersan Ilyasova. He grabbed Redd for a foul when he ended up on him after a defensive switch and sometimes struggled to work his way through screens.

Emeka Okafor, who fouled out and was held scoreless in nine minutes Tuesday, had five points and nine rebounds for Charlotte, which missed 12 free throws.

"I thought Emeka's stamina was much better," Bickerstaff said. "We were trying to get him as many minutes as we could."

The Bucks continued to experiment at center with Andrew Bogut out up to eight weeks with a lower left leg injury. Brian Skinner started and had eight points and eight rebounds. Dan Gadzuric, who started in the Bucks' first game against Minnesota, had six points and eight rebounds.

Bobcats guard Brevin Knight did not play after spraining his right ankle against Orlando. Jake Voskuhl (knee) was also sidelined.

Williams was not with the Bucks to deal with a family matter. Forward Bobby Simmons (heel) and Ha Seung-Jim (knee) did not play.

"Mo's fiancee had a baby yesterday and guys are a little banged up, but I like what we still have," Redd said. "We're deeper, younger and athletic this year."

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