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Bucks Summer League: Thon Maker, Rashad Vaughn struggle in 85-81 loss to Grizzlies

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There were plenty of highlights Monday in Las Vegas, but most of them weren't produced by the Milwaukee Bucks.

The high-flying D.J. Stephens led the Grizzlies to a 85-81 victory over the Bucks inside Cox Pavillon. Stephens finished with 21 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter and pulled down seven rebounds.

While Stephens put on an exciting show for Memphis, the two main players for the Bucks —Rashad Vaughn and Thon Maker — fell short.

After posting double-doubles against Cleveland and the NBA's D-League Select Team, Maker finished with just 10 points and six boards. He stayed in foul trouble the majority of the game and eventually fouled out with 8.5 seconds left (in Summer League, 10 fouls is the max).

Vaughn scored 16 points but on a lousy 4-of-17 shooting while going 2-of-11 from deep.

Luckily, the Bucks received contributions from others to stay in the game while those two struggled. Terran Petteway led the team with 21 points and six rebounds, while second-round pick Malcolm Brogdon added 16 and five assists.

The Bucks only trailed by three points with under two minutes to go, but Stephens dunked an offensive rebound to put Memphis ahead, 81-76, with 1:05 on the clock. Intentional fouls didn't change anything in the time remaining.