O.J. Mayo says there is only one way to look at the rest of the regular season.

"There are a lot of must-win games to stay in good position (to make the playoffs)," the Grizzlies guard said. "We have to come out and compete, and give ourselves a good chance every night."

After a slow start that belied Mayo's message Saturday night, the Grizzlies regrouped and pulled out a 99-95 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks before 17,106 in the Bradley Center.

Mayo made the difference, particularly in the second half. He scored 15 of his season-high 24 points after halftime to help the Griz earn their third victory in the past four games.

"He got to the free throw line, which was huge," Griz coach Lionel Hollins said. "He usually doesn't get 10 free throw attempts."

It helped, too, that Mayo was perfect from the line, especially during the final minute, when the Griz were trying hard to give away the game. Twice the Griz fouled Bucks shooters attempting 3-pointers, but Mayo sank four consecutive free throws to seal the win. His last two produced the final score with 10.6 seconds left.

Mayo and Rudy Gay had strong second halves. After missing all six of his shots before halftime, Gay scored 14 of his 17 points in the final two periods to go with 10 rebounds.