Jennings leads way as Bucks cut down Nets
Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - Brandon Jennings scored a game-high 26 points and Monta Ellis followed with 24 as the Milwaukee Bucks held off a late fourth quarter Brooklyn Nets rally for a 97-88 victory at Barclays Center on Sunday.
Jennings knocked down 4-of-7 from three-point range, while Ellis shot an effective 8-of-13 overall from the field in the Bucks' second straight win. Marquis Daniels totaled 13 points and seven rebounds.
Brooklyn lost its fourth consecutive game and has won just once since starting center Brook Lopez went down with a foot injury. Gerald Wallace and Deron Williams helped fuel a fourth-quarter comeback, but the 29-point hole the Nets fell into during the third quarter was too much to overcome.
Wallace posted a double-double with 16 points and 16 rebounds, while Williams finished with 18 points and eight assists in defeat.
The Nets started the opening quarter well, but their success didn't last long.
After jumping out to an 11-2 lead, Jennings and Ellis combined for 13 points during a 17-2 Bucks run to take control.
The Nets then committed bad fouls in the final 30 seconds of the quarter, as Mirza Teletovic gave Ekpe Udoh a three-point play and off a Williams miss, Jerry Stackhouse was called for reaching in on Daniels with Brooklyn over the foul limit.
Daniels' pair from the line put the Bucks ahead 25-18 going into the second, where Milwaukee broke the game open late in the session.
After Kris Humphries made a layup with 2:51 left in the second to pull the Nets within eight, the Bucks finished the quarter on a 9-0 run to take a 17-point lead into halftime.
After an 18-point effort in the first half, Jennings drained a 3-pointer early in the third to bring the Bucks' advantage to 20, which soon swelled to 29 following a three-point play and a jumper by Ellis five minutes into the frame.
The Nets trimmed the deficit to 15 on a Wallace layup, but five straight points by the Bucks to end the period gave them what seemed to be a comfortable 75-55 advantage heading into the final stanza.
However, Brooklyn began the fourth on 15-7 run to come within 82-70 before Williams buried a triple to make it an eight-point game with 4:51 left to play.
Humphries then scored on an uncontested dunk for the Nets to make it 85-79, but they couldn't get any closer.
After falling behind by 10, Marshon Brooks buried one from downtown to pull the Nets back to within single-digits, but Daniels answered right back with a three of his own with just 1:23 remaining to all but secure the victory.
Andray Blatche finished with 11 points and six rebounds for the Nets ... Ersan Ilyasova tallied 10 points for Milwaukee ... The Bucks shot 43.8 percent (7-of-16) from three-point range ... The Nets will try to end their season-high four-game skid on Tuesday against the Knicks ... Milwaukee will return home to play the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.
12/09 20:45:33 ET