Bucks 10 games over .500 for the first time in eight yearsWisconsin Sports
-- The Milwaukee Bucks are 10 games above .500 for the first time in eight years, after beating the New Jersey Nets at home last night 108-89.
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Bucks are 10 games above .500 for the first time in eight years, after beating the New Jersey Nets at home last night 108-to-89.
The Nets exploded for 38 points in the first quarter. But they cooled off after that, and shot just 39-and-a-half percent for the game. It was tied at 58 at the half, and the Bucks out-scored New Jersey 50-to-31 the rest of the way.
John Salmons moved to the point guard spot after Brandon Jennings and Luke Ridnour got into foul trouble. Salmons led the Bucks with 22 points, and Jerry Stackhouse had 16 off the bench.
Former Wisconsin guard Devin Harris led New Jersey with 25, including 18 in New Jersey’s explosive first quarter. The Nets have now lost three-of-four, and fell to 11-and-67. The Bucks remain tied with Miami for the fifth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, with Milwaukee having the tie-breaker.
The Heat kept pace with a four-point win over Philadelphia last night. And both Milwaukee and Miami are two games ahead of seventh-place Charlotte with four to play. The Bucks can finish no lower than seventh, which means they won’t have to face the high-flying Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the playoffs. Milwaukee’s next game is at Philadelphia tomorrow night.