Score one for Brandon Jennings in his duel with Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo.
And score one for the Milwaukee Bucks, who posted a stylish 99-88 season-opening victory over the Celtics on Friday night at a sold-out TD Garden.
An aggressive Bucks team built a 22-point lead in the third quarter and still led by that margin late in the fourth quarter until substitutes for both sides entered the game.
Jennings finished with 21 points, a career-high-tying 13 assists and a career-best six steals in a highly efficient performance while playing just 29 minutes.
"He didn't just have good games; he just owned me," Jennings said of his previous matchups with Rondo. "I'll be honest.
"But this is a different year. I know I have to be more aggressive. We missed the playoffs two years in a row. It started from tonight.
"I'm just trying to go out there and compete every night. As long as every guard knows I gave my all and they felt me that night."
The Celtics (0-2) lost their home opener after dropping their first game in Miami on Tuesday. And they never really got started against a Bucks defense that held them to 30% shooting and just 30 points in the first half.
"I thought right from the jump ball we were just highly competitive," Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. "We had a lot of energy and guys were doing their jobs out there.
"We were in the right place defensively most of the night, challenged some shots at the rim. When they started to come back in the third (quarter), we were able to turn them over a couple times and we made a couple easy baskets when we needed it."
Tobias Harris, getting a start at small forward and also playing some at power forward when the Celtics went to a small lineup, contributed 18 points and six rebounds. Harris defended well against Boston's Paul Pierce, who was limited to 11 points and had four turnovers.
Guard Monta Ellis added 14 points and three Bucks reserves had 10 apiece - forwards Larry Sanders and Ekpe Udoh and point guard Beno Udrih.
The Bucks' big men picked up some fouls but Skiles juggled them in and out of the lineup.
"We were ready," Sanders said. "We want to hang our hats on our defense.
"We're able to be more aggressive and pick up those fouls because we've got some guys coming in behind us that are going to be ready. That's our theme now, just depend on a teammate."
Kevin Garnett led the Celtics with 15 points and Rondo added 14 points and 11 assists.
"I still don't like our urgency yet, honestly," Boston coach Doc Rivers said. "When you watch us play, I don't like how we're approaching the games."
Jennings has starred on opening night before. In his NBA debut in 2009 he nearly had a triple-double at Philadelphia (17 points, nine assists, nine rebounds).
"We lost that game though," Jennings said. "I'd rather take this one."
Jennings did not receive a contract extension earlier this week while several of the top point guards in the 2009 class - Jrue Holiday, Ty Lawson and Stephen Curry - got new deals.
"It just makes me hungrier," Jennings said. "I've been through the situation before when I went to Oak Hill (Academy), when I went to Europe. People kept saying, 'It's not going to work.'
"I'm just going to go out there and play basketball and let everything else take care of itself."
Jennings hit 9 of 17 shots, using his floater effectively and knocking down several jumpers.
He had five of his assists and five steals in the third quarter as the Bucks extended a 16-point halftime lead to 76-58 entering the final period.
"He was very, very good," Skiles said. "In the third when they were starting to get after it a little bit more and getting up into him and bumping him, he responded very well."
The duo of Jennings and Ellis looked in sync.
"We're not worried about what anybody says," Ellis said. "Tonight we worked off each other and hopefully we can continue to do that and get more wins.
"It was not just one or two people. It was the whole team and that's what we need every night."