CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Even when something goes right for the Milwaukee Bucks, too many other things go wrong.
Brandon Knight finally looked more like himself Friday night, playing with an explosiveness everyone expected when he arrived in the off-season trade that sent Brandon Jennings to the Detroit Pistons.
But it hardly mattered because the Bucks shot poorly, lost the rebounding battle and had no answers for Charlotte Bobcats big man Al Jefferson.
And the final result was a familiar one, another depressing defeat. The sagging Bucks lost their 11th game in a row as they fell to the Bobcats, 92-76, at Time Warner Cable Arena.
The 11th straight defeat matched the second-longest losing streak in franchise history, a mark that has been reached three other times. And it brought Milwaukee within four games of the longest skid in franchise history, a 15-game streak established in March 1996.
"This is ugly," Bucks guard Luke Ridnour said. "We can't blame anybody else but us.
"We've got to grind. We've got to find a way to get some kind of rhythm out there and try to help each other. We're not scoring enough points.
"Obviously we're not playing good."
Bucks coach Larry Drew went to a zone defense at several stages of the game to try to slow down the Bobcats, who pummeled Milwaukee for the second time in a week.
And he used two point guards together at times in an effort to jump-start the attack with Caron Butler and Ersan Ilyasova out with injuries.
The Bucks were able to trim a 15-point first-half deficit to 53-47 early in the third quarter, but Jefferson took over the rest of the way.
He had 19 of his game-high 23 points and all 12 of his rebounds in the second half as Charlotte (8-9) pulled away and led by as many as 19 late in the game.
"He got himself in better position tonight to score the basketball and they weren't doubling as much," teammate Gerald Henderson said of Jefferson, the former Utah Jazz standout. "That's always going to be tough for the other team if he's playing one-on-one with anybody down there in the post."
Henderson added 19 points and six rebounds, and former Bucks guard Ramon Sessions had 11 points off the bench.
Charlotte dominated the rebounding battle, 54-38, and backup center Bismack Biyombo grabbed 14 rebounds in just 19 minutes.
The brightest spot for the Bucks was the play of Knight, who has struggled to get back to his usual form after suffering a right hamstring injury in the season opener.
But he played with more confidence and scored 13 points in the first half, finishing with a season-high 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting.
"Hamstrings take time," Knight said. "I know that as I start to feel better I'll start to play better. I think that's what happened tonight.
"I'm just so focused on trying to make our team better. It's going to take the will to win. You look at Charlotte's team; they're just a team that plays hard.
"They've been in this situation in past years. I think something they've realized is, 'If we play hard we're at least going to give ourselves a chance.'
"I feel we have a lot of talented pieces. We play hard for an 8-minute stretch and then we don't play hard for between 2 and 5 minutes. Then the lead stretches. We've got to do a better job being consistent with our energy."
Nate Wolters benefited from Drew's move to the small lineups and earned 20 minutes of playing time, getting a chance to play with Knight and later with Ridnour.
But the Bucks rookie was frustrated to see the losing streak reach 11 games.
"We're trying anything right now to get out of this slump," Wolters said. "We've been close a couple times but there have been too many games like this where we're not even giving ourselves a chance.
"We've got to play harder. There are too many games where it's over at the 5-minute mark. We can't have that. It's too much garbage time right now."
The Bucks shot just 33.3 percent (28 of 84) and O.J. Mayo struggled to a 2-of-11 shooting night and scored five points.
Gary Neal and Ekpe Udoh each scored 10 points off the bench and John Henson had seven points and six blocks.
The Bucks return home to meet Boston on Saturday night, the first of two straight games against the Celtics.
"We've got to be professional; we've got to be men," Drew said. "We've got to stand up. This is the life in the NBA.
"Nobody's quitting. That's not going to happen."
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