Bucks use second-half surge to beat NetsMar 19, 2011 - 5:51 AM Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Carlos Delfino scored 26 points, John Salmons had 25 and the Milwaukee Bucks surged in the second half to beat New Jersey, 110-95, for their eighth straight victory over the Nets.
Brandon Jennings added 16 points and a game-high 10 assists and Luc Mbah a Moute scored 15 for the Bucks, who bounced back nicely from an overtime loss to Orlando on Wednesday to snap a three-game losing streak.
Milwaukee has won every game against New Jersey since the Nets took two in a row near the end of the 2008-09 season. The recent dominance includes three wins this season.
"They've gotten better than the first couple times we played them," said Bucks center Andrew Bogut, who scored 13. "They've got more energy."
Brook Lopez had 25 points to lead the Nets, who have dropped two in a row on the heels of a five-game winning streak.
Deron Williams chipped in 18 points and nine assists, but had five of New Jersey's 11 turnovers, and Kris Humphries scored 10 with a game-high 11 rebounds.
Down two at halftime, the Bucks used a 14-3 run spanning the third and fourth quarters to take control. Jennings knocked down a jumper to give them an 80-73 lead heading into the final frame, and Mbah a Moute later finished the surge with back-to-back layups for an 88-76 lead with 8:36 remaining in the game.
The Nets scored just three points in 6:36 of game time between Humphries hitting a jumper to get them within 74-73 in the third quarter and when Lopez followed Mbah a Moute's back-to-back layups with one of his own.
"Guys were feeling pretty good offensively tonight," said Bucks head coach Scott Skiles, "it was just a matter of shutting them down."
New Jersey later got within four, 95-91, on Lopez's jumper with 4:32 left to play. But the Bucks closed the game on a 15-4 run. Delfino's three-pointer inside a minute left was the dagger, giving Milwaukee a 13-point lead.
Milwaukee shot the lights out on the first quarter, hitting on better than 59 percent from the field for a 29-26 lead at the buzzer. Travis Outlaw scored all seven of his points for the Nets in the second quarter, leading them to a 54-52 lead at halftime.
The Bucks improved to 1-1 on a four-game homestand that also includes visits from the Knicks and Kings.
- NEW JERSEY: 95
Mar 18 10:46 PM
- NEW JERSEY: 73
End of 3rd
Mar 18 10:14 PM
- NEW JERSEY: 54
Mar 18 9:34 PM
- NEW JERSEY: 26
End of 1st
Mar 18 9:07 PM
- NEW JERSEY: 0
1st Quarter - 12:00
Mar 18 8:41 PM
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