Only the New Jersey Nets could make the Milwaukee Bucks look like the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Bucks reared their mighty antlers as they captured a 115-92 win over the Nets at “The Rock” in Newark Saturday evening.
The Nets were without Devin Harris, and it definitely showed. Derrick Favors started his third career game in this contest.
The Bucks came out shooting hot and opened a 13-point lead to close the first quarter. However, the Nets got some instant energy from Kris Humphries off the bench to keep it a relatively close game.
New Jersey was able to close the lead to as small as seven points, but it seemed that every time the Nets mounted a comeback, the Bucks would come down the floor and hit an easy shot.
Milwaukee led by 10 at the break. John Salmons was lights out from the perimeter and scored 12 points in the half. Corey Maggette and Ersan Ilyasova were also in double figures for the half.
Whatever Avery Johnson said to his team at halftime did not sink in as the Bucks were able to open a 25 point lead to start the second half. The Nets were nowhere to be found on the defensive end.
I was actually at this game, and it was quite frustrating to see the team play so bad. The arena was practically silent, aside from a few electric plays from Humphries and Favors.
The Nets were burned by a few of their former products. Chris Douglas-Roberts showed the potential he never showed with the Nets. He scored 24 points off the bench to lead all scorers. Even standing at just 5’5”, former Net guard Earl Boykins was all over the court and added 17 points.
Ilyasova recorded a double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Maggette finished with 20.
Jordan Farmar had a solid game for the Nets with 20 points and 10 assists. Humphries led the Nets with 22 points and eight rebounds.
The Nets schedule will only get tougher as they play the Suns, Lakers, Trailblazers and Warriors as part of a four-game Western road trip.