MILWAUKEE, Nov. 6 (Ticker) --
The Milwaukee Bucks discovered a way to
beat the New Jersey Nets.
scored 29 points and Toni Kukoc
added 26 as the Bucks
made 12 3-pointers en route to a 99-93 victory over the Nets,
who suffered their first loss of the season.
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New Jersey won its first four games by an average of 11 points
and looked unstoppable on both ends of the court. But the
defending Eastern Conference champions were unable to stop the
Bucks, who dominated from the 3-point line.
"Coming into this game, I had some nervousness," Allen said.
"The way we played in our home opener against Orlando wasn't us.
We had to come out here and be aggressive, and we did that."
Toni Kukoc was on fire from beyond the arc.|
Kukoc made 5-of-7 shots from behind the arc and Allen buried
3-of-7 as Milwaukee shot 60 percent (12-of-20) from 3-point
range. Michael Redd
made 3-of-4 3-pointers and scored 13 points
off the bench.
"Tonight is the type of game you can take some confidence from,"
Kukoc said. "We did a good job tonight of allowing our defense
to build confidence for our offense. We were patient and got
good open looks at the basket."
"Our effort tonight was lackadaisical to begin with," Nets coach
Byron Scott said. "When you are playing against a team that
can shoot the ball and you give them that much space, the basket
looks like an ocean for them."
Kukoc and Allen combined to make 18-of-32 shots from the floor
and 9-of-10 free throws as the Bucks shot 49 percent (37-of-75)
overall and made 13-of-14 from the line.
"There is good stuff out there, but we still have out down times
on the floor," Bucks coach George Karl said. "We have been
playing focused and intense and we need to continue playing that
way. The foundation I'm seeing is defensive, and that's what
we want to see."
The Nets had a 36-32 lead early in the second quarter before the
Bucks took control with a 19-6 run. Allen scored 10 points and
Milwaukee nailed five 3-pointers during the spurt, which gave
the Bucks a 51-42 cushion 67 seconds before halftime.
had 12 points and nine assists against his former
team and rookie Dan Gadzuric
added a season-high 10 points for
Milwaukee, which has won two in a row after losing its first two
"We were unselfish and played good, hard defense," Kukoc said.
"New Jersey is a great team, but we showed we can play with good
scored 24 points and Dikembe Mutumbo
had 18 and six
rebounds for the Nets, who shot just 39 percent (32-of-81) from
New Jersey, which was the only unbeaten team in the East, has
lost five in a row at the Bradley Center. The Nets were trying
to go 5-0 for just the second time in franchise history.
"Nobody is going to go undefeated, we have to move on," Kidd
said. "This is a learning experience for us. Everyone is going
to be gunning for us."
scored 15 points off the bench and Kerry Kittles
and Kenyon Martin
added 11 apiece for New Jersey. Richard
, who was averaging a team-leading 17.3 points per
game, was held to one on 0-of-7 shooting.