Saturday , Dec , 23 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Milwaukee hosts Kidd, Nets

(Sports Network) – The New Jersey Nets play the first of back-to-back
contests on the road against Central Division squads, as they visit the
streaking Milwaukee Bucks tonight at the Bradley Center.

This is the third and final meeting of the season between the clubs. The Nets
picked up a pair of victories over Milwaukee at Continental Airlines Arena in
the two previous contests.

New Jersey has won five in a row in this series. The Nets have won two
straight after losing their last four at Milwaukee

The Nets try to get back on the winning track this evening. Kobe Bryant was
suffering from a chest cold, but still had 21 points and a season-high 11
assists to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 99-95 victory over the Nets on
Friday at Continental Airlines Arena.

Vince Carter had 33 points and five rebounds in the loss to the Lakers for New
Jersey, while Richard Jefferson netted 18 for the Nets, who have dropped three
of their last five games overall. Jason Kidd added 16 points, five rebounds
and nine assists in defeat.

Nets center Nenad Krstic suffered a left knee injury in the third quarter of
Friday’s loss. He is averaging 16.4 points and 6.8 rebounds this season.
Krstic is expected to miss tonight’s game and could be out for an extended
period of time.

New Jersey is 3-6 on the road this season. The Nets are scheduled to visit the
Detroit Pistons on Tuesday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Milwaukee attempts to extend its season-long winning streak to four games.
Maurice Williams scored 12 of his 26 points down the stretch as the Bucks
outlasted the Minnesota Timberwolves, 113-107, on Friday at the Target Center.

Michael Redd finished with 29 points in the win over Minnesota for the Bucks,
who snapped a seven-game skid in Minneapolis. Charlie Bell chipped in 28
points and four steals in the victory.

The Bucks are 7-4 at home this season. After tonight’s game, they will embark
on a three-game road trip. Milwaukee will visit San Antonio, Memphis and
Cleveland on the upcoming swing.