The Skinny: The Nets opened up the game on fire, hitting five of its first seven shots and quickly opening up an 11-2 lead after the game’s first three minutes. The Nets suddenly went cold, though. After an early timeout, the Nets combined to shoot just 1-for-15 over the game’s next seven minutes. Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings combined for 15 points in the opening frame and helped the Bucks to a 25-18 lead after the first quarter.
The Bucks attacked the basket and the Nets clearly missed Brook Lopez’s presence at the rim. The Bucks won the second quarter 19-13 and, behind 18 points from Jennings and 10 points from Ellis, the Bucks led 48-31 at the half. The Nets played a miserable half, scoring just 31 points on 13-for-47 from the field. Deron Williams finished the half shooting 3-for-13 while Joe Johnson shot 0-for-4.
The Bucks opened up the third quarter on a 9-2 run and immediately opened up a 24 point lead. Avery Johnson inserted MarShon Brooks, who helped to slightly turn the game around for the Nets. For the Bucks, Ellis turned in a very powerful quarter, scoring eight points and two assists and helped the Bucks open its lead up to 29 points, 68-39. The Nets closed the lead to 15 points, but never got any closer and trailed by 20, 75-55 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Nets started the fourth quarter with Watson, Brooks, Johnson, Wallace and Humphries. Johnson, who opened the game by missing his first six attempts, made his first field goal of the game with 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. It closed the gap to 18 at 77-59 with about 10 minutes to go. The Nets got the deficit down to 13 points on a MarShon Brooks layup, plus the foul and he and Wallace completely turned the momentum of the game in the Nets favor. Led by Wallace and Williams, the Nets went on a 21-8 run over a span of seven minutes in the fourth, closing the gap to six points at 85-79.
Down the stretch, though, the Bucks got timely hoops from Ellis and Jennings and a huge three-pointer from Marquis Daniels. They outscored the Nets 12-9 over the final three minutes of the game and ended up with the victory.
High Scorers: Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis devastated the Nets, scoring a combined 50 points and dishing out 12 assists. For the Nets, Gerald Wallace paced them with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Deron Williams scored 18 points.
Key Stats: The Bucks committed nine second half turnovers and allowed the Nets to climb back into the game. After attempting just four free-throws in the first half, the Nets did a much better job of getting to the line in the second half, getting there 17 times.
Who Was Hot: Marson Brooks. After playing a combined total of just 11 minutes over the past six games, Brooks played 21 minutes and scored 14 timely points. He was instrumental in turning the game around for the Nets and hopes his performance tonight earns him some additional playing time.
Who Was Not: For the Nets, Joe Johnson shot just 2-for-8 and scored six points. This followed his season-high scoring output 32 points. For the Bucks, Larry Sanders shot 3-for-12 and turned the ball over three times en route scoring six points.
Fun Fact: The Nets have now its last 12 games against the Bucks… The Nets have also lost three consecutive home games and four games overall. The final game of the homestand will be on Tuesday, when the Nets welcome Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks back to Barclays Center.
Moke Hamilton, NBA AnalystThe Nets played a pretty horrible first half, shooting just 28 percent. It was quite difficult for them to erase a 29 point deficit. The team showed fight, but while that was something that deserved credit against the Oklahoma City Thunder last week, the same can’t be said for a bad loss to a Milwaukee Bucks team that was .500 coming into Sunday night.
The Nets are obviously missing Brook Lopez, but on Sunday, the Nets committed 20 turnovers and just never had it clicking. Brooks and Wallace were the lone bright spots for the Nets, but this team is suddenly reeling.