Caron Butler said he texted Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers earlier Wednesday and asked him if he was coming to the preseason game at the Resch Center.

Rodgers showed up with a good number of his Packers teammates in courtside seats to watch the Milwaukee Bucks play the New York Knicks.

Butler showed up in a big way too finishing with 24 points to lead the Bucks to a 105-95 victory their first under coach Larry Drew after a string of five exhibition losses.

"We wanted to come out and be more aggressive be more efficient" Butler said. "We put our guard down for a minute and they got back into the game.

"Carmelo (Anthony) is a great player. He's always attacking and being aggressive. We took the hit and we bounced back."

The Bucks held an 18-point lead late in the third quarter and watched it vanish as New York went on a 14-1 run to end the period.

Although the Knicks (2-4) tied the score at one point in the fourth quarter the Bucks (1-5) effectively used a small lineup and made clutch plays at the end of the game.

"It feels good" Drew said. "We were able to maintain our composure. We executed out of our timeouts and came up with some big stops defensively.

"One of the things I'm most proud of is we had 26 assists tonight. We did a good job in sharing and moving the basketball."

Veteran Luke Ridnour playing 35 minutes in a starting role due to an injury to Brandon Knight expertly ran the Bucks offense and finished with 18 points and 11 assists.

"When you've got a small lineup like that everyone can shoot" Ridnour said. "It's tough to guard. Those guys come off screens and just look to shoot.

"I just tried to gear up for it. I haven't played that many minutes in a long time. I think for our team we needed to get this win.

"We hadn't had a great five games before this and there were only a couple left now. So we've got to start flipping that switch and getting ready to go."

The Bucks have one preseason game left on Friday against Toronto before opening the regular season against the Knicks on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

Drew played a small lineup using Butler at power forward with Ridnour O.J. Mayo and Gary Neal combining with either Larry Sanders or Zaza Pachulia as the lone big man on the floor.

Mayo scored 22 points and Neal had 15 while playing 29 minutes off the bench.

"I'm not really going to say it's a big or a small thing" Neal said. "With the way we were playing if you look at the experience you have out there on the court you have guys that are battle-tested and have a better concept of what to do.

"When you have Caron O.J. Luke was out there playing you have a lot of experience and guys don't get rattled."