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Nets hang on to beat the Bucks 97-94

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 20, 2013 at 11:19 pm •  Published: February 20, 2013

"Tonight, I think fatigue caught up to us a little bit, but I'm not going to blame it on that," Sanders said.

C.J. Watson had 17 off the bench for Brooklyn. Andray Blatche scored 12 points and had 12 rebounds for the Nets

Williams, who had 19 points and nine assists Tuesday after sitting out the previous two games with inflammation in his ankles, played 33 minutes. He had eight assist and one steal.

The Nets took advantage of the Bucks' inability to hit shots in the fourth quarter with a 19-5 run.

Williams' 3 at 1:50 gave Brooklyn its biggest lead at 94-83 lead. The Bucks held the Nets scoreless for the next 1:35.

The Nets used a 16-1 run spanning the third and fourth quarters and took the lead 77-76 on Blatche's layup with 10:11 left to play and MarShon Brooks made two free throws to push the lead to 79-76.

Ellis that stopped a Bucks' scoring drought that lasted a little less than seven minutes. He made one of two free throws with 8:11 to go, but Johnson hit a jumper to put Brooklyn up by four.

The Nets trailed 54-42 at the half, but used a 7-0 run in the third quarter to pull to 66-61 with 4:25 left. Williams made a 3 and Watson a layup before Wallace's dunk off a miss by Jennings, who was nine of 10 until Brook Lopez blocked his shot.

The Bucks were 21 of 34 (61.8 percent) the first half while the Nets struggled and made 15 of 46 shots (32.6 percent).

Jennings had 18 points before the break, making all seven of his shots, and seven assists. Ersan Ilyasova had 10 points and seven of Milwaukee's 23 rebounds.

NOTES: Williams said that he would be getting cortisone shots Thursday in his ailing ankles. ... Sanders extended his NBA lead to 19 games with four or more blocks in a game. ... Before the tip-off, there was a moment of silence in remembrance of the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, Jerry Buss, who died Monday. ... The Nets improved to (19-8) under interim coach Carlesimo, the second-best start under any of their previous 21 coaches. Lawrence Frank's team started 19-6 in 2003-04. ... The Nets are 8-0 when Watson scores 11 or more points. ... The Nets have won consecutive games against the Bucks for the first time since the 2008-09 season.