By Brandon Robinson – BrooklynFans.com Reporter – @ScoopB
After losing 93-76 at home on Christmas, the Brooklyn Nets flew to the Midwest last night to face a well-rested Milwaukee Bucks (15-12) team who hadn’t played since their 94-82 loss at home last Saturday against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Already without Kris Humphries, who missed his second straight game with an abdominal strain, the Nets announced before the game that point guard Deron Williams would be inactive with a wrist injury sustained on Christmas Day against the Celtics.
CJ Watson got the nod to start at point guard for Brooklyn.
The first quarter was a friend to the Nets who are 5-6 on the road this season. Brooklyn played well in the first quarter without Williams with good playmaking by Gerald Wallace and interior offensive presence from center Brook Lopez.
On one play in the first, Wallace grabbed a board and played the role of point guard finding a running Lopez for the easy lay in. The Nets ended the quarter in front 24-22. Wallace finished the game with 8 points, 8 assists and 12 rebounds.
The second quarter was not as gracious for the Nets. Andray Blatche checked in for Brooklyn and immediately made his presence known in the quarter with 9 points and 5 rebounds featuring a drop step and pump fake that was followed by an and-one by to give the Nets a 27-22 lead.
Halfway into the second quarter, the tide turned against the Nets. Milwaukee went on a 22-5 run at the 6 minute mark in the second quarter with effective 3-point shooting by the Bucks’ Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis. They would end the game shooting a combined 6/7 from long distance.
The Bucks outscored the Nets 33-18 in the second quarter. Jennings scored 8 of his 16 points in the second quarter. Mike Dunleavy Jr. completed the balanced attack by chipping in 10 points.
The Bucks’ Larry Sanders also didn’t make it easy for the Nets throughout the game, scoring 12 points while hauling in 12 rebounds.
At recess the Bucks had a 55-42 lead and the Nets tried to recover in the second half but were trailing 78-67. Brook Lopez led the Nets with a team-high 15 points accompanying 5 rebounds.
Brooklyn entered the fourth quarter with some fight with Tyshawn Taylor, fresh of his 32-point outing against the Erie Bayhwaks in the NBA D-League, hitting his first NBA 3-pointer cutting the Milwaukee lead to 84-80, the closest they’d get.
Following Taylor’s trey, Dunleavy Jr. and Ersan Ilyasova hit back to back 3’s and they went on a run en route to a 108-93 Bucks victory.
Despite Brook Lopez’s 21 points,10 rebounds, 3-blocks and Andray Blatche’s 14 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks and 3 steals , Brooklyn is now a .500 ball club at 14-14. Avery Johnson’s team is now 3-10 for the month of December.