MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Desmond Mason scored 15 points, ZaZa Pachulia
tied his career high with 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and the
Milwaukee Bucks defeated the New Jersey Nets 100-81 Wednesday
Michael Redd, who missed the last three games before the
All-Star break because of a sprained index finger, scored 11 points
as Milwaukee won for fifth time in seven games.
Despite being mentioned in trade talks, the Bucks insist that
Redd will be with them long after Thursday's deadline.
Milwaukee had six players score in double figures.
The Nets, haven't beaten the Bucks at the Bradley Center in the
regular season since a 108-80 victory on March 10, 2000.
The Nets shot just 37.1 percent from the floor (33-for-89).
Against Toronto on Tuesday night, they were 37.3 percent.
Carter, who made eight of 25 shots as the Nets lost 100-82 to
Toronto, regained his shooting touch against the Bucks, but it
wasn't enough to keep the Nets from losing grip on the final
playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
He had 16 points on 8-of-18 shooting in the first half,
including 10 of the Nets' first 20 points.
Joe Smith, scoreless in the first half, and Mason finally got
the Bucks going in the third quarter.
He started a 22-4 run with a basket that trimmed the Nets' lead
to three points and then finished it with a slashing dunk that gave
Milwaukee a 73-60 lead with 2:28 left in the quarter.
Mason, after missing several one-handed dunks earlier in the
game, finished the quarter with two baseline alley-oop jams off
feeds from Mike James as Milwaukee took a 77-62 lead into the final
The Nets made it easy for the Bucks by making only four of 23
The lead never got below 13 points the rest of the way as the
Milwaukee took the season-series (2-1).
Carter was 5-of-8 for 10 points in the first seven minutes
of the opening period. ... Kidd stole a pass from the Bucks' Mo
Williams late in the second half and passed Doc Rivers (1,563) for
22nd place on the NBA's all-time steals list. ... The Nets were
without starting center Nenad Krstic (bronchitis) for the second
consecutive game. ... The Bucks were 54.7 (41-for-75) from the
floor, just slightly off their season-best 55.7 percent set Tuesday
night at Charlotte.