This year’s Brooklyn Nets are a dreadful team, but they are clearly not the worst in the NBA as they can still manage to beat the Milwaukee Bucks, as they did for the fourth time in a row, 104-93, at the Barclays Center on Friday night. The win improves their record to 10-19 on the season and snaps a four-game losing streak.
Deron Williams got the Nets started with nine points and three assists in a strong first quarter for the Nets as they shot 63.2 percent as a team. D-Will wouldn’t score again all game, but Shaun Livingston took over to finish with 20 points and six assists. Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry also contributed…something…as they finished with 13 points, 10 points, and 12 points respectively (the first time the trio has scored at least 10 points each in a game for the Nets).
Joe Johnson took the night off. Well…he played, but in 36 minutes he only made two shots (on 2-of-12 shooting) and finished with six points. He’s got a max contract. Fortunately, Mirza Teletovic had a strong game with 19 points, on 5-of-9 behind the arc, and six rebounds.
The Bucks are really bad though. They had five players in double-digits, but shot just 37.5 percent as a team and were actually out-rebounded by the Nets, who have been a mess in the paint without Brook Lopez. They dug themselves in such a deep hole in the first and third quarters that the Bucks couldn’t dig themselves out of a fourth quarter where the Nets played no defense and shot just 36.4 percent.
This was a win that seemed more of a Christmas gift from the Bucks than any actual good basketball by the Nets. That’s just not going to cut it as their next three games are up against the Pacers, Spurs and Thunder. Get ready for another three-game losing streak.