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                 === Bucks, Nets battle at Barclays Center ===
 (  - The Brooklyn Nets hope to put the brakes on a four-game
 losing  streak  when they close  out a  three-game homestand Friday versus the
 Milwaukee Bucks at Barclays Center.
 The  Nets lost their  third straight game in Brooklyn with a 95-78 loss to the
 Chicago  Bulls on  Christmas Day. A 36-20 third-quarter advantage by the Bulls
 sent the hosts to a 5-9 record at home and put the game out of reach.
 Deron  Williams and  Mirza Teletovic  scored 18  and 17  points, respectively,
 while Joe Johnson finished with 12 and Reggie Evans grabbed 13 rebounds.
 "When  we don't put the ball in the basket or we miss shots that are makeable,
 it  translates to our  defense of transition, first where we give up a layup,"
 Nets  coach  Jason Kidd  said. "Then  we miss  another shot  and it turns into
 another layup for the opposing team."
 Kevin  Garnett (2-of-7)  and Paul  Pierce (1-of-8)  were both  limited to  six
 points for the Nets, who made just 35.2 percent of their shots.
 After  hosting  the Bucks,  Brooklyn will  play three tough  games on the road
 against Indiana, San Antonio and Oklahoma City.
 Milwaukee  has lost  three in  a row  on the  road and  six of  seven overall,
 including  Monday's 111-110 overtime setback at Charlotte. Bucks forward Khris
 Middleton  thought he had hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the overtime buzzer,
 but it was ruled his foot was inside the line and ended with 19 points.
 "I  didn't know  where I was," said Middleton.  "It was a good play and a good
 shot, but obviously my foot was on the line."
 Middleton  has  scored in  double figures in  each of the  last six games, the
 longest streak of his career.
 Brandon  Knight ended  with  26  points, 14  assists  and  eight rebounds  for
 Milwaukee, which got 14 points apiece from John Henson and O.J. Mayo.
 The  Bucks  are 3-11  away  from  the Bradley  Center  and  hope to  get  some
 reinforcements  back  on the  floor. Center Larry  Sanders hasn't played since
 Nov. 2 because of thumb surgery and is probable Friday.
 Forward Ersan Ilyasova (ankle) is listed as questionable.
 Milwaukee  suffered a 90-82  loss to Brooklyn at home on Dec. 7 and is winless
 in the past three games against the Nets. The Bucks, though, are still 14-5 in
 the last 19 meetings between the teams.
 12/27 10:29:27 ET

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