Carter, Kidd Lead Nets Past Bucks
New Jersey 94, Milwaukee 79
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Feb. 12 (Ticker) -- A snow storm kept most of the fans at home. Vince Carter and Jason Kidd didn't let it affect them.
Carter scored 24 points and Kidd added 16, five assists and four steals as the New Jersey Nets coasted to a 94-79 triumph over the Milwaukee Bucks, who lost their fifth straight road game.
The Nets started the second quarter with a 14-5 run to open a 40-25 lead. Reserves Scott Padgett, Clifford Robinson and rookie Antoine Wright combined for 12 points in the spurt.
"Our guys (the bench) came in with a great deal of energy and really gave us separation in that second quarter," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "They deserve a great deal of credit."
New Jersey shot 58 percent (21-of-36) in the first half and made 5-of-10 from the arc. Milwaukee shot only 41 percent (16-of-39) and committed nine turnovers.
Michael Redd and T.J. Ford combined to make 9-of-18 shots, but the rest of the Bucks were just 7-for-21 from the field in the first half.
"It was tough," Ford said about the snow storm. "I don't know, I can't say it affected our play. They played well and gave us a lot of problems."
The Nets went scoreless in the first six minutes of the third quarter, missing nine straight shots. Milwaukee went on a 7-0 run and pulled within 55-50 on a jumper by Charlie Bell with seven minutes left.
"We still felt very confident," Kidd said. "You're going to go through some spells where you're not going to make shots and have to rely on your defense and we did that. We gave ourselves a chance to have that cushion and we made mistakes but came right back and built the lead again."
"It was miss after miss," Carter said about the start of the third quarter. "It just felt like we were running suicides for a while."
New Jersey drained five of its final eight shots in the quarter, capped by Padgett's 3-pointer with 29 seconds to go.
The Nets held a 13-point lead through three quarters and increased the advantage to 76-61 after Carter scored on back-to-back possessions.
Milwaukee never challenged thereafter.
Robinson finished with 16 points and Padgett added 10 for New Jersey, which shot 50 percent (36-of-72) from the field and forced 19 turnovers.
Redd scored 27 points and Ford contributed 18 and six assists for the Bucks, who shot 44 percent (31-of-69).
"The weather didn't affect our travel, but maybe it affected our mood," Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts said. "We looked a little tired. They did a good job of executing and moving the ball and putting pressure on our defense."