Kidd and Nets upend Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Jason Kidd notched his 75th triple-double
with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists as New Jersey downed Milwaukee,
95-83, at the Bradley Center.
Vince Carter scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Nets, who have
won 15 of 16. Nenad Krstic posted 20 points and 11 rebounds. Richard Jefferson
scored 19 points, and Jacque Vaughn added eight points. Jason Collins grabbed
“Vince Carter has been a constant for us and just a guy that we have counted
on the entire year,” Vaughn said. “His ability to get into the lane and create
for himself and others is an important part of our team.”
T.J. Ford scored 19 points to pace the Bucks, who have dropped four in a row.
Michael Redd and Charlie Bell scored 16 points apiece, and Dan Gadzuric added
The Nets are 2 1/2 games back of the Miami Heat for the second seed in the
Eastern Conference playoff race, after the Heat lost 93-84 to Orlando later
on Sunday. The Bucks are No. 6 in the Eastern Conference playoff race
and still own a slim one-half game lead over the seventh- seeded Indiana
Pacers, who lost to Detroit, 98-73, earlier on Sunday.
Milwaukee made a push down the fourth-quarter stretch with a 7-2 run capped by
a Maurice Williams jumper with 1:22 left to trail 93-83. Carter scored an
alley oop jam with 1:01 remaining, however, to seal the win.
After the Bucks jumped out to a 4-0 lead, New Jersey went on a 31-8 run
thereafter sparked by eight straight points by Krstic to lead 31-12 heading
into the second quarter. Milwaukee responded by closing the second on an 11-2
spurt, highlighted by seven points by Ford, to trail just 49-42 at halftime.
However, the Nets blew the game open on a 19-4 run capped by three straight
Kidd threes to attain a 20-point lead with 3:09 left in the third period,
after which New Jersey led 76-60.
“We didn’t play well enough or hard enough to beat a team that’s one of the
hottest teams in the league,” Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts said. “Getting down
to them by twenty, that’s a big hole. When you’re not shooting the ball well,
you have to defend a little harder, and we just couldn’t quite get there.”
New Jersey is 19-19 on the road this season. It has won six in a row as the
The Bucks are a solid 23-15 at home this season. They had a six-game winning
streak at the Bradley Center snapped.
This was the fourth and final meeting of the season between the clubs this
season. The teams split a pair of games at Continental Airlines Arena, while
the Nets defeated Milwaukee, 89-85, on February 21st at the Bradley
Center…New Jersey has won three straight after losing the last two meetings.