Rapid Reaction: Nets 107, Bucks 98

March, 1, 2014
Mar 1
The Brooklyn Nets took care of business Saturday night, beating the NBA’s worst team, the Milwaukee Bucks, 107-98 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

What it means: The Nets (28-29) finished off their six-game, 11-day circus road trip with a 4-2 record. If you count their loss to the Chicago Bulls before the All-Star break, they went 4-3 on their extended road trip overall. Either way, they came away with a winning record. This is the first time the Nets have gotten to within a game under .500 in five tries since Jan. 27.

Backcourt struggles: Deron Williams (15 points, four assists, three turnovers) opened up 3-for-4 from the field in the first quarter, but he appeared to injure his right hand/wrist while defending a driving Ramon Sessions early in the second quarter and went just 3-for-12 the rest of the way. Joe Johnson, reportedly playing with a severely jammed ring finger on his right hand, shot 2-for-9. Williams and Johnson both sat down the stretch as the reserves closed it out.

Bench steps up: Marcus Thornton had 25 points (13 in the second, 12 in the fourth) on 8-for-13 shooting in 23 minutes, while Andray Blatche added 19 points and 13 rebounds. Andrei Kirilenko, as usual, was all over the floor, collecting seven points, five assists, two rebounds, a steal and a block. Thornton hit two huge 3-pointers down the stretch to help the Nets keep the Bucks at bay.

No KG: Kevin Garnett (back spasms) sat out. Mason Plumlee started in his place but got into early foul trouble, which led to Jason Collins getting some meaningful minutes.

Up next: The Nets are off Sunday, then face the Bulls at Barclays Center Monday night.



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Brook Lopez
20.7 0.9 0.5 31.4
ReboundsK. Garnett 6.6
AssistsD. Williams 6.1
StealsD. Williams 1.5
BlocksB. Lopez 1.8