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Bucks beat Nets for 13th straight time, 108-93

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 26, 2012 at 10:48 pm •  Published: December 26, 2012
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"We gave ourselves a chance, we couldn't make big plays," Johnson said. "In that fourth quarter, man, it seemed like we couldn't get over the hump. We fought hard."

Nets coach Avery Johnson was proud of the team despite the outcome and shooting 38.6 percent.

"What a battle for our guys," Johnson said. "Back-to-back games. They played their hearts out. We really had a chance to cut the lead down from four to two or get it tied up, but just couldn't make a shot."

Johnson's turnover after Tyshawn Taylor's 3 that made it a four-point game, Johnson made a bad pass that was stolen by Jennings. After a timeout, Ilyasova hit a 3 and the Bucks were on their way to a win. They would make five more 3-pointers including one by Marquis Daniels who hesitantly fired up a shot from 27 feet that swished for the final points.

The Nets trailed 55-42 at halftime and pulled to 71-64 on Blatche's layup that capped a 6-0 run he started with a basket. But, the Bucks answered on Ilyasova's four free throws and two more by Ellis for a 78-76 lead going into the fourth.

Jennings and Dunleavy sparked the offense as Milwaukee outscored Brooklyn 33-18 in the second quarter and led 55-42 at the half.

Jennings scored eight of his 16 points in the second and Dunleavy added 10.

After a steal by Ellis, Dunleavy hit a fastbreak 3 that tied it at 37 and started an 18-7 run.

The Nets finished the half 17 of 43 (39 percent) and 0 for 8 from beyond the arc.

Notes: After the Boston game, Nets CEO Brett Yormark tweeted his displeasure with the players' performance. He also let loose on the Barclays Center's technical issues that also marred the afternoon game. "Nets fans deserved better," Yormark tweeted after the game. "The entire organization needs to work harder to find a solution. We will get there." Yormark called Avery Johnson to talk about his tweet. "It's the same thing I've been saying all along, 'We all have to get better,'" Johnson said of their conversation. "I agree (with him). We all have to get better."... Nets F Kris Humphries, who did not make the trip, missed his second consecutive game with a strained abdominal muscle."... The Nets last beat the Bucks 99-95 on March 3, 2009. ... Bucks G Beno Udrih returned to the lineup after missing 12 games with a sprained right ankle.