Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 12/26/11

Golden State Warriors head coach Don Nelson, left, restrains Stephen Jackson, after Jackson had been whistled for a technical foul during the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, Wednesday, December 10, 2008, The Warriors defeated the Bucks, 119-96. (D. Ross Cameron/Oakland Tribune/MCT) Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

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OK, so it wasn't exactly the way the Bucks wanted to start the season but you have to start somewhere. Milwaukee blew an 11-point halftime lead before falling to Charlotte, 96-95, Monday night at the Time Warner Cable Arena. The turning point for the Bucks came in the third quarter. After turning the ball over just five times in the first half while shooting 44 percent from the field, the Bucks committed six turnovers in the third, leading to 13 Charlotte points as the Bobcats outscored Milwaukee, 30-14 and held the Bucks to just four baskets from the field on 16 attempts. "They took it to us in the third quarter and we had a problem responding," Bucks head coach Scott Skiles said. Other notes and observations from the Bucks' 96-95 loss to Charlotte: Moving things around: With just two weeks of training camp and two exhibition games, there wasn't much that Skiles and the coaching staff could bank on heading into the season. One thing, though, that received a lot of attention from coaches and players alike was the Bucks' willingness to move the ball around. That ball movement was a big reason the Bucks were able to put 52 points on the board in the first half, recording 12 of their 21 assists. "I thought we had some nice stretches in the first half and then again late in the game," Skiles said of the offense. "We have to come back and we have to win tomorrow night. It's that simple." The Captain's rough return: Stephen Jackson's Bucks debut - and his return to Charlotte - were largely forgettable. Jackson finished with just six points on 1-of-5 shooting from the field with three turnovers. He played just 17 minutes due to foul trouble and fouled out of the game with 3:56 left in the fourth. Maggette's revenge: Corey Maggette, who the Bucks traded to Charlotte in the Jackson deal, had a big night against his former team. Maggette finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, playing 38 minutes. He scored half of his points in the third, shooting 3-of-8 from the field. "We just kept fighting," Maggette said. "I was very passive in the beginning because the Bucks knew what I was going to do. I got us some transition points and go the team fired up. It was a great team effort tonight." Delfino, Mbah a Moute sit: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute was inactive for the game due to patellar tendinitis in his right knee. He participated in the team's shoot around Monday morning but was unable to go come game time. Darrington Hobson was activated in Mbah a Moute's place, but did not play. Carlos Delfino was active but didn't dress for the game. He's still recovering from a sprained right wrist suffered late last week in practice. Up next: The Bucks open the home portion of their schedule Tuesday night at the Bradley Center with a 7:30 p.m. contest against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Telly Hughes of FOX Sports Wisconsin contributed to this report.
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