MILWAUKEE, Oct. 15 (AP) -- Tim Thomas scored 22 points as the Milwaukee Bucks pulled away in the third quarter en route to a 92-82 exhibition victory Monday night over the Denver Nuggets.

Sam Cassell had six of his 13 points during a 14-5 run that gave the Bucks a 67-56 lead with 1:52 left in the third.

Thomas opened the fourth with two free throws, giving the Bucks a double-digit lead they held until the closing minutes.

Ray Allen had 13 points, and Michael Redd added 11 for Milwaukee.

George McCloud led the Nuggets with 12 points. Zendon Hamilton had 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Avery Johnson also scored 10 points.

Denver's Calbert Cheaney was carried off the court in the first quarter with an apparent knee injury. Cheaney was injured while fighting for a defensive rebound. He fell to the floor holding his left knee.

The Nuggets said the injury was possibly a medial meniscus injury -- and added that Cheaney, who didn't return to the game, would be re-evaluated Tuesday morning.

The forward was making his preseason debut after missing 58 games because of injury last season.

Denver is already missing All-Star forward Antonio McDyess, who had surgery on both of his knees last Friday and is out until February.

Shawnelle Scott, who signed with Denver two days before, had four points and two rebounds.

Nick Van Exel took the night off as Denver gave rookie guards Omar Cook and Kenny Satterfield a chance to play. Also, the Nuggets have three games in four days this week.

The Bucks sat Glenn Robinson (sore ankles), Ervin Johnson (sprained left ankle and shoulder), Darvin Ham (right knee tendinitis) and Scott Williams (back spasms).