Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/6

Game 1: Wednesday, November 6th
Game 2: Friday, December 27th
Game 3: Saturday, December 28th
Game 4: Wednesday, March 19th

Nets 93

(4-1, 1-1 away)

Bucks 99

(2-2, 1-1 home)

    8:30 PM ET, November 6, 2002

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    NJ 23 21 23 2693
    MIL 24 27 24 2499

    Top Performers

    NJ: J. Kidd 24 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Mil: T. Kukoc 26 Pts, 2 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Bucks knock Nets from ranks of unbeaten

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Bucks turned up their defense against the New Jersey Nets.

    Ray Allen

    Toni Kukoc

    Ray Allen scored 29 points, Toni Kukoc added 26 and Milwaukee held the Nets to 39.5 percent field-goal shooting in a 99-93 victory Wednesday night.

    The Bucks sent the defending Eastern Conference champions to their first loss of the season.

    "We had a phenomenal training camp playing defense, and now it's time to translate that into the games,'' said Michael Redd, who had two key 3-pointers as the Bucks pulled away in the fourth quarter.

    The Nets were trying to start 5-0 for the first time in franchise history. They also opened 4-0 in 1997-98.

    The Bucks shot 12-of-20 from 3-point range. Redd gave them an 80-71 lead with a 3-pointer early in the fourth, then Redd and Tim Thomas hit 3s later in the period after consecutive Nets turnovers to build the margin to 88-73 with 7:27 left.

    The lead remained at least nine points until the final minute.

    "When you are playing against a team that can shoot the ball and you give them that much open space, the basket looks like an ocean for them,'' Nets coach Byron Scott said. "You can't do that on the road.''

    Kukoc shot 5-of-7 on 3-pointers, and Allen was 3-of-7.

    Redd had 13 points, Sam Cassell 12 and rookie Dan Gadzuric added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, who shot 49.3 percent from the floor.

    But coach George Karl was most impressed with the Bucks' defense, which is limiting opponents to 40.1 percent shooting through four games.

    "The foundation I'm seeing is defensive, and that's what we want to see,'' Karl said.

    Jason Kidd led the Nets with 24 points, and Dikembe Mutombo added 16. But Richard Jefferson, who was leading the team with a 17.3 scoring average, was 0-for-7 from the field and scored one point.

    "My teammates were very encouraging throughout the whole thing,'' Jefferson said. "Jason and Lucious (Harris) were saying, 'Keep playing tough defense. You are going to have nights like this where nothing is dropping.' I've been playing well and shooting well the first four games and this game was just a big egg.''

    Kukoc scored 18 points in the first half, shooting 4-of-6 on 3-pointers. Allen added 16 points as the Bucks took a 51-44 lead at halftime. The Nets shot only 33.3 percent from the field in the first half.

    Game notes

    The Nets were credited with assists on all 13 of their first-half field goals. ... Milwaukee's Ervin Johnson blocked five shots, all in the first half. ... The last time the Nets started 4-0, they finished 43-39 and made the playoffs. ... Thomas, who got the starting small forward position in Milwaukee when All-Star Glenn Robinson was traded to Atlanta in the offseason, scored five points before fouling out. "He's going to grow into the role, and he's going to be fine,'' Karl said.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 93 99
    FGM-FGA 32-81 (.395) 37-75 (.493)
    3PM-3PA 7-14 (.500) 12-20 (.600)
    FTM-FTA 22-26 (.846) 13-14 (.929)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-40 10-41
    Assists 23 25
    Turnovers 11 15
    Steals 5 6
    Blocks 4 7
    Fast Break Points 6 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 21 (3/0)

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    Jason Kidd Kidd
    Points: 24
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Toni Kukoc Kukoc
    Points: 26
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1