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
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.
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.
"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
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.
The Raptors pick off Kyrie Irving's pass and feed it to Patrick Patterson, who finishes with the dunk on the other end.
LeBron James goes up for an alley-oop dunk but gets swatted by Bismack Biyombo. The refs call the foul on Biyombo, much to the chagrin of the Toronto crowd.
Drake walks into the arena at Air Canada Centre in the middle of the first quarter of Game 4 between the Cavaliers and Raptors.