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Wednesday, January 5th (All times eastern)

New Jersey Nets (11-19) at Milwaukee Bucks (9-19), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Two teams hoping to get back on the winning track go head- to-head this evening, when the Milwaukee Bucks host the New Jersey Nets at the Bradley Center.

Milwaukee has dropped three in a row on the heels of a three-game win streak. The Bucks' recent woes continued on Tuesday night, as they finished up their four-game road trip with a 116-99 defeat to Indiana at Conseco Fieldhouse. Milwaukee won just once in four tilts during its swing.

Desmond Mason scored 21 points and Michael Redd added 19 for the Bucks in the losing effort. Mike James added 15 points, Marcus Fizer chipped in 13 and Zaza Pachulia tacked on 10 in the defeat.

Milwaukee hit 48.6 from the field, including 2-of-9 (.222) from three-point range. The Bucks drained 27-of-32 (.844) from the free throw line. Milwaukee was outrebounded 41-30 in the losing effort.

The Bucks surrendered 100 or more points for the 16th time this season. Milwaukee fell to 2-14 in such games.

Milwaukee, which has two of its next three games at home, owns a 7-7 mark at the Bradley Center. The Bucks remain in the cellar of the Central Division, eight games behind first place Cleveland.

New Jersey has lost three of its first five games since Vince Carter made his debut with the squad. The Nets fell 112-88 to the Washington Wizards at the MCI Center on Tuesday night.

Carter poured in 31 points on 15-of-23 shooting for the Nets, who had won four of six entering the contest. Jason Kidd put together his best all-around performance since his return from knee surgery, as the All-Star guard netted a season-high 19 points along with eight rebounds and seven assists.

Richard Jefferson added 13 points, six assists and five rebounds in the losing effort. New Jersey hit 50.7 percent from the field, including 4-of-13 (.308) from three-point range. The Nets drilled 10-of-13 (.769) from the charity stripe, but committed 22 turnovers.

The Nets have registered 100 points only once in their past 25 games. New Jersey, which is closing out a three-game road trip, is 5-11 in foreign buildings on the year.

This is the first meeting of the year between these Eastern Conference squads. Milwaukee won the last three meetings last year, including a pair of home victories. New Jersey has dropped seven of its last eight trips to Milwaukee.

01/05 10:19:16 ET


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