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After falling short of a rally on Monday, the Nets needed to bounce back against the Milwaukee Bucks. Another loss would mean that their chances of advancing to the Summer League championship game would be over.
Right out the gates, Brooklyn showed that much-needed desperation on the defensive end, holding the Bucks to 0-of-6 from three at the end of the first period. This marked the end of a 16-point quarter for Milwaukee. In the second quarter though, the Bucks’ Summer League squad found new life.
They scored 27 points in the period with Jordan Nwora (14 PTS, 3 REBS) leading the way. It wasn’t enough to secure the lead though, as they trailed the Nets 43-48. Reggie Perry (11 PTS, 5 REBS) was the story heading into the half for Brooklyn.
The second half came down to who wanted it more. Every time when it seemed like the Bucks would get the lead, the Nets would answer right back. When the closing minutes finally approached, it took a clutch Cameron Thomas three to create breathing room for Brooklyn to close out the game, 97-91.
Although Thomas (22 PTS, 6-14 FG) will be remembered in this game for his high scoring output, Day’Ron Sharpe (11 PTS, 8 REBS) and David Duke Jr. (10 PTS, 9 REBS) will be remembered for their contributions in other aspects of the game. Rebounding in particular for Sharpe and orchestrating the pick and roll effectively for Duke.