Nets 104, Bucks 93

Dylan Butler, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

NEW YORK -- Guard Shawn Livingston scored a game-high 20 points and the Brooklyn Nets buried 12 3-pointers en route to a 104-93 win over the Milwaukee Bucks to snap a four-game losing streak Friday night at the Barclays Center.
Forward Mirza Teletovic scored a career-high 19 points, including 5-of-9 from 3-point range, while also grabbing six rebounds for Brooklyn, which led by as many as 23 in the fourth quarter.
Guard Paul Pierce had 13 points, forward Kevin Garnett had 10 points and five rebounds and guard Jason Terry scored nine of his 12 points off the bench in the third quarter, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range, to give Brooklyn a 76-60 lead entering the fourth quarter.
The 14-year veteran tied his season high for made 3-pointers in a game set in the season opener at Cleveland.
It is the first time Garnett, Pierce and Terry scored in double figures in the same game this season.
Forward Reggie Evans had a game-high 13 rebounds off the bench to become the first Brooklyn player to record back-to-back games of 10-plus rebounds. He also had 13 in a Christmas Day loss to Chicago.
Rookie swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a team-high 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while forward Khris Middleton scored 15 points and guard O.J. Mayo added 13 for Milwaukee (6-23), which shot 37.5 percent from the field for the game
The Nets (10-19) raced out to an early lead on a 9-0 run and took a 31-18 advantage into the second quarter thanks to a turnaround 11-foot buzzer-beating jumper by guard Deron Williams.
It was the largest lead after one quarter this season for the Nets, who shot 63.2 percent (12-of-19) from the field. The Bucks, who have lost seven of their last eight games, including three in in overtime, shot just 29.2 percent (7-of-24) in the opening 12 minutes
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Teletovic extended the Nets lead to 42-23 with 7:38 remaining in the second quarter, their largest advantage of the first half.
However, Brooklyn went cold from the field briefly and the Bucks went on a 14-4 run capped by a 3-pointer by guard Brandon Knight (11 points) to pull within 46-37 with 2:11 left in the second quarter.
The Nets went into halftime with a 48-37 lead. It was the fewest first-half points they conceded this season.
NOTES: Nets coach Jason Kidd said F/C Andre Blatche will miss the next four games because of personal reasons. ... Out with injuries for the Nets were F Andrei Kirilenko (back spasms) and Brook Lopez (fractured right foot). ... The Nets used their 13th different starting lineup of the season, matching the total of the entire 2012-13 season. ... Returning to the Bucks lineup were F Ersan Ilyasova, who started after missing the last three games with a sore right ankle, and C Larry Sanders, who tore ligaments in his right thumb on Nov. 3. ... G/F Carlos Delfino (post-surgery, right foot) and C Zaza Pachulia (fractured right foot) were out for the Bucks. ... The Nets head to Indiana for the opener of a three-game road trip on Saturday night against the Pacers. ... The Bucks return to Milwaukee to host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night before a three-game West Coast trip.

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