EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Dec. 27 (Ticker) --
The New Jersey Nets
are getting as many home wins as possible before beginning a
tough road stretch.
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scored a season-high 25 points and Kenyon Martin
added 21 as the Nets extended their home winning streak to 12
games with a 110-90 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in the
opener of a home-and-home series.
New Jersey is one victory from matching the longest home winning
streak in franchise history and hosts Cleveland on Monday in
its final game of the year. But the Nets play 11 of the next 14
contests on the road, beginning with Saturday's visit to the
Bradley Center, making their recent home success crucial for
"The important thing is taking this on the road," Harris said.
"We've proven that we can win at home. Now it's time to go
prove it on the road. Our success this year depends on the
road. It's going to be tough."
New Jersey has won 10 home games in a month for the first time
in team history and improved the NBA's best home record to 17-1.
"It's extremely important to take care of home court, especially
since we've had difficulty on the road," said New Jersey
forward Jason Collins
, who tied a season high with 11 points and
had a career-best six assists. "We've done a great job of that
this year and now we've got a chance for the confidence and
that playing style on the road."
Harris and Martin combined to make 18-of-28 shots as New Jersey
shot season-high 55 percent (40-of-73) from the floor, including
a season-best 64 percent (7-of-11) from 3-point range.
scored 13 points, fellow reserve Anthony Johnson
added 12 and Jason Kidd
collected 10 and nine assists for the
Nets, who never trailed after the game's opening seven minutes.
Martin scored eight points and Collins had seven as New Jersey
outscored Milwaukee, 26-17, in the third quarter to take
The Nets had a 71-64 edge with 6:40 left in the quarter before
pulling away with 10 consecutive points. Harris scored the
first four points of the burst and Collins had two free throws
and a dunk before two foul shots by Martin gave New Jersey an
81-64 cushion at the 3:33 mark.
"We just got out there and played," Harris said. "We led by
seven at halftime. We knew we had a good lead, but we knew they
were a dangerous team. We just tried to step up our defense
and make it tough for them."
"They went on a little run," Bucks guard Kevin Ollie
had bad shot selection, which allowed them to run. We allowed
them to get out on the break. They are a good team, especially
when they are here."
The Bucks did not get closer than 13 thereafter and the Nets had
their largest lead at 104-82 on a jumper by Brian Scalabrine
with 4:35 remaining in the game.
"I thought in the third and fourth quarter we came out and
played much better defense," Scott said. "We tightened up the
defense and that was the message at halftime. We knew we could
score, but I did not want to get into a run-and-gun game."
New Jersey has won five in a row overall and improved to 10-0 at
home against Eastern Conference opponents.
Former Net Sam Cassell
scored 25 points as Milwaukee failed in a
bid for its first three-game winning streak of the season.
and Michael Redd
had 13 points apiece and Tim Thomas
added 12 for the Bucks, who managed just 37 points in the second
"To beat them on this court, you have to play better than we did
tonight," Milwaukee coach George Karl said. "The team is a
balance of talent and attitude, and they are successful because