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