In every NBA season there are ‘must-win’ and ‘can’t-lose’ games.
The Brooklyn Nets faced the latter Saturday night in the Bradley Center.
They were playing the worst team in the NBA.
They were looking to go 4-2 on this grueling West Coast road trip.
They were trying to get back to one game under .500 for the fifth time in recent weeks, having failed the previous four.
This was a ‘can’t lose.’
So that wind you might have felt wasn’t more bad weather blowing in from the Midwest (although that’s coming!); It was a collective sigh of relief exhaled by the Nets after holding off the Milwaukee Bucks, 107-98.
The Nets (28-29) closed it with a balanced effort. The newly-acquired Marcus Thornton had his Nets-high with 25 points to lead five players in double figures.
The Nets opened an 11-point lead in the third quarter and were on the verge of taking control. But Milwaukee (11-47) closed to within 77-72 at the start of the fourth.
The Nets return home Monday night for the first time since Feb. 12 when they host the Chicago Bulls. The Nets could get back to .500 that night for the first time since Nov. 5.