Bucks get past Nets for the 13th straight timeWisconsin Sports
-- The Milwaukee Bucks beat Brooklyn 108-93 last night at the Bradley Center.
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Bucks beat Brooklyn 108-93 last night at the Bradley Center.
The Bucks out-shot the Nets 48-to-39 percent, as Milwaukee won its 13th straight game over the Nets’ franchise. The Bucks led by 13 points at the break. The Nets cut the lead to four in the fourth quarter when Milwaukee went on a 9-2 run to put this one away. The Bucks made 10-of-17 from three-point range, and they made all but one of their 19 free throw attempts.
Brandon Jennings led Milwaukee with 25 points and six assists. Monta Ellis had 20 points, seven assists, six rebounds, and six steals. Coach Scott Skiles said the Bucks didn’t do anything different with their ball movement – but they made their shots and quote, “Some nights, it’s as simple as that.”
Brooklyn lost its second game in as many days – and Nets’ guard Deron Williams missed the contest with a sprained right wrist. Brook Lopez led Brooklyn with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
The Nets returned to .500 at 14-14. The Bucks improved to 15-12, and they’ll host the Miami Heat on Saturday night.
Milwaukee Bucks’ forward Mike Dunleavy says his team will win a lot of games if it can keep shooting like it did last night against Brooklyn. The Bucks hit 40-of-84 shots for 47-point-six percent in Milwaukee’s 108-93 home win over the Nets – and the Bucks made a blistering 58-point-eight percent beyond-the-arc, hitting 10-of-17 three-pointers. Guard Monta Ellis went 3-of-3 from three-point-range – the first time he was perfect with at least three attempts since 2006. Also, the Bucks ended a streak of eight straight games in which they scored fewer than 100 points.
Milwaukee Bucks’ guard Monta Ellis says he’s okay after being poked in one of his eyes during last night’s home win over Brooklyn. Nets’ forward Reggie Evans was swatting at a loose ball when he hit Ellis in the eye. Evans was called for a foul, and Ellis made a pair of free throws. Afterward Ellis said quote, “It just looked bad.” He said the eye was not injured and quote, “It’s hard to hurt me.”
The Brooklyn Nets fired coach Avery Johnson today, the day after his team lost by 13 points to the Bucks in Milwaukee. In a statement, general manager Billy King did not give a reason. But the Nets’ 14-14 start was clearly not good enough amid higher expectations this year. The Nets improved their roster for their first season in Brooklyn, adding veteran shooting guard Joe Johnson and signing small forward Gerald Wallace. But after an 11-4 start, the Nets have lost 10-of-their-last-13. Avery Johnson was in his third season with the Nets. Early media reports indicated that assistant P.J. Carlesimo would become the team’s interim coach.