Monday, March 12, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Bucks 105, Nets 99
By Mike Mazzeo
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WHAT IT MEANS: Kris Humphries' career night went to waste. The Nets' power forward had a career-high 31 points and pulled down 18 rebounds, but his team blew a 12-point lead and fell to the Bucks, 105-99 on Monday night at Prudential Center. The Nets are now 14-29 overall, 4-15 at home and have lost two games in a row.
TURNING POINT: The Bucks closed the third quarter on a 9-0 run, then scored eight of the first 10 points of the fourth to turn a nine-point deficit into a six-point lead.
ADVANTAGE, KRIS: For Humphries, it was his 18th double-double this season. He had 21 points and 10 rebounds in the first half alone. He finished 11-for-15 from the field and 9-for-12 from the free throw line in 41 minutes. Counterpart Ersan Ilyasova, who torched the Nets to the turn of 29 points and 25 rebounds in their last meeting, had just four points and three rebounds in 24 minutes.
FILLING IN: Starting for the second straight game in place of Deron Williams (strained right calf, day to day), backup point guard Jordan Farmar struggled, shooting just 7-for-18 from the field and getting abused by Brandon Jennings (34 points, seven rebounds, seven assists).
DOUBLE-G: Gerald Green hit his first three shots, but went just 1-for-8 the rest of the way, finishing with 11 points. He did rise high above the rim for an alley-oop jam.
STARTING STRONG: The Nets made seven of their first 10 shots, shot 50 percent in the first quarter and led 32-27. Humphries had 13 points and six rebounds in the opening period.
BOLD PLAY OF THE GAME: Hump got a steal, went coast-to-coast and finished off a powerful one-handed slam on the other end that gave the Nets a 48-36 lead in the second quarter.
STAT OF THE NIGHT: The Nets went 4-for-17 from 3-point range.
CHAMPS ARE HERE: Super Bowl champions Justin Tuck and Ahmad Bradshaw of the Giants sat courtside.
UP NEXT: Nets vs. Raptors, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.