Sunday, December 9, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Bucks 97, Nets 88
By Mike Mazzeo
WHAT IT MEANS: The Brooklyn Nets have looked like a different team without Brook Lopez.
The Nets scored a season-low 31 first-half points on 27.7 percent shooting, trailed by as many as 29 and fell to the Milwaukee Bucks, 97-88, despite getting within six in the fourth quarter on Sunday night at Barclays Center.
Brooklyn (11-8) was booed by the crowd on several occasions, and dropped its season-high fourth straight game in a row. The Nets are 1-4 without Lopez (mild right foot sprain) in the lineup.
They ended up shooting 40.5 percent from the field, 7-for-25 from 3-point range and had a season-high 20 turnovers (11 in the first half).
Since March 30, 2009, the Bucks have beaten the Nets 12 straight times.
BAD BACKCOURT: Deron Williams and Joe Johnson were outscored 50-24 by Brandon Jennings and Monte Ellis.
NEW STARTING LINEUP, SAME RESULT: Reggie Evans started in place of Kris Humphries at power forward for the first time this season. It was the 290th career start for Evans, and first since 2010-11.
CRASH: Gerald Wallace flew into the stands trying to save a loose ball, threw down an emphatic slam to make it 85-78 and finished with his first double-double of the season: 16 points and 16 rebounds.
FREE MARSHON: After being inserted into the game in the third quarter, MarShon Brooks scored 14 points in 20 minutes and was key in Brooklyn’s comeback attempt. It was the first time Brooks reached double digits since Nov. 18 in Sacramento.
A NET LOW: Following an Ellis jumper with 6:58 left in the third quarter, the Nets trailed 68-39 -- their largest deficit at home this season.
FIRST TO FORGET: The Nets built an 11-2 lead, but the Bucks countered with a 17-2 run of their own and led 25-18 after one. Brooklyn shot just 30.8 percent in the first quarter and went 1-for-7 from 3-point range.
SECOND IS THE WORST: Think the first quarter was bad? The second was worse. The Nets were outscored 23-13 and shot 23.8 percent (5-for-21). They trailed by 17 at the half.
WHO’S IN THE HOUSE? Willie Randolph
UP NEXT: Nets vs. Knicks, Round II of the East River Rivalry, on Tuesday night