The Milwaukee Bucks are the worst team in the Eastern Conference, but a win is a win for the Brooklyn Nets right now as they managed to put together a strong third quarter, for once, en route to a 90-82 victory in Milwaukee Saturday night.
Brook Lopez dominated the game as he finished with a season-high 32 points on 11-of-13 shooting with seven rebounds and four assists. The Nets needed a big game like that from him too as Joe Johnson, with 15 points, and Andray Blatche, with 11, shot a combined 10-for-26 with 26 points between them. Alan Anderson also pitched in with 13.
“I got good looks from my guards,” Lopez said. “They got me easy looks, and I just tried to take my time in the post and read off what they were doing (defensively) and play off that.”
The Nets struggled a bit offensively in the first quarter. Lopez did well, shooting 5-for-5 with 10 points, but the rest of the squad shot 4-for-15. They played defense for once though and led 20-18 after one. The second quarter was similar, 10 points from Lopez, 3-for-16 shooting from everyone else, a little bit of defense and they trailed by one point going into halftime.
With everyone’s eye on the third quarter, the Nets actually did well. Jason Kidd leaned heavily on Lopez, Johnson and Shaun Livingston that quarter and it paid off. Lopez had eight points, Johnson had six, Blatche had five, and the Nets took a six point lead going into the fourth quarter.
The Nets played well in the fourth quarter to ride out the win. The closest the Bucks got to was within six points with 2:38 left in the game, however Lopez came up with a dunk and a big rebound to help seal the victory. The Nets might not be able to beat a Knicks team during a nine-game losing streak, but at least they can beat the worst team in the East.