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Tuesday, February 3rd (All times eastern)

Milwaukee Bucks (24-27) at New Jersey Nets (21-27), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Nets hope to build on a miraculous comeback in their last outing as they welcome the Milwaukee Bucks to the IZOD Center Tuesday evening.

Rookie Brook Lopez erupted for 24 points and 17 rebounds, and his putback dunk late in fourth quarter proved to be the game-winning basket, as the Nets erased a 17-point second-half deficit on Saturday to upend the Philadelphia 76ers, 85-83.

The Sixers missed their last 18 shots from the field and scored a pathetic eight points in the fourth quarter. The hosts still had a chance to steal the game in the waning seconds, however, but Andre Miller had a layup stuffed by Trenton Hassell with time winding down, and Royal Ivey's potential game- winning three-pointer in the corner was also swatted away by Devin Harris, who recorded 17 points and six assists in the victory.

Keyon Dooling and Jarvis Hayes each had 11 points off the bench for New Jersey, which snapped a three-game slide.

The Bucks, meanwhile, won their second straight game on Saturday in Milwaukee when Charlie Villanueva posted 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists, as the Bucks held on to defeat the Atlanta Hawks, 110-107.

Richard Jefferson and Ramon Sessions each scored 20 points with the latter handing out seven assists for the Bucks, who have won back-to-back games for the first time since a three-game win streak in late December.

Luke Ridnour chipped in 12 points with nine helpers, while Charlie Bell came off the bench to record 16 points in the win.

On the injury front for Milwaukee, center Andrew Bogut missed practice on Monday and is undergoing further tests on his balky back. He did not travel with the team to New Jersey and will be sidelined tonight.

Meanwhile, the Bucks leading scorer, sharp-shooting guard Michael Redd, is out for the season with torn ACL/MCL in his left knee.

The Bucks, who are 10-19 as the visitor on the year, snapped a four-game skid to the Nets with a 104-102 win in Milwaukee in January 9. New Jersey, which is 9-15 at home on the season, has won five straight over the Bucks at the IZOD Center, however.

02/03 10:24:45 ET

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