MILWAUKEE — The sellout crowd gave star rookie Jabari Parker the biggest pregame cheers. Veteran guard O.J. Mayo ended up having the biggest night.
Under new ownership, the new-look Milwaukee Bucks got off to a good start in coach Jason Kidd’s sideline debut at the Bradley Center.
Mayo scored 10 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter, and the Bucks pulled away with an 11-0 run over the final 8:21 in a 93-81 win Friday night over the Philadelphia 76ers in their home opener.
"Being a young team and playing through it and finding a way to grind a win out — that’s what good teams have to do in this league, so we’re going in the right direction," Kidd said.
Parker finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow 19-year-old forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, the team’s other teen cornerstone, had eight points and six boards.
But it was the 26-year-old Mayo — a grizzled veteran by Bucks standards — who got the offense going down the stretch.
Mayo’s 3 with 5:10 left put Milwaukee up 88-81. The veteran guard sparked a 7-0 run to start the fourth quarter with another 3.
After a subpar 2013-14 season, when Mayo was sidelined in part by a viral infection, the 6-foot-5 guard is averaging 21 points a game this young season.