MILWAUKEE — — Rookie David Roddy scored 18 points, two-way signee Kenny Lofton Jr. added 17 and the Memphis Grizzlies used a late run to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 107-102 on Saturday night within the opening preseason game for each teams.
Lots of the star players for each teams didn’t play. Milwaukee All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo, forward Khris Middleton and guard Joe Ingles, who got here over from Utah in a late-season trade after he was injured, were amongst those not dressing. Even Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer was out, still recovering from offseason ankle surgery.
Leading scorer Ja Morant, backup Tyus Jones, center Steven Adams and starting guard Desmond Bane were among the many Grizzlies who sat.
Jake LaRavia, one other Memphis rookie, scored 15 points, while Santi Aldama scored 13. Ziaire Williams and rookie point guard Kennedy Chandler added 11 points each, Chandler handing out eight assists.
Jordan Nwora scored 21 points, while Grayson Allen and Sandro Mamukelashvili, under a two-way contract with Milwaukee, each finished with 15.
It was the primary appearance for each teams after successful 2021-22 campaigns. The Bucks finished 51-31, good for third within the Eastern Conference, while Memphis had the second-best record within the NBA at 56-26.
Each teams were eliminated within the second round of the playoffs by the eventual conference champions – Golden State within the West and Boston within the East.
Earlier Saturday, the Grizzlies announced they’ve signed center Steven Adams to a multi-year extension. Adams, who joined the Grizzlies before last season in a trade from Latest Orleans, averaged 6.9 points, 10.0 rebounds and three.4 assists for Memphis.