NEW YORK -- With a daunting three-game road trip looming, the Brooklyn Nets had to take care of the NBA’s worst team, the Milwaukee Bucks. And the Nets did just that Friday night, beating the Bucks, 104-93, at Barclays Center.
WHAT IT MEANS: The Nets (10-19) snapped a four-game losing streak, and finally responded to their coach, Jason Kidd, who called them out. (Playing the 6-22 Bucks sure helps, also.) They desperately needed a victory over the Bucks with road games in Indiana (Saturday), San Antonio (Dec. 31) and Oklahoma City, minus Russell Westbrook, (Jan. 2) coming up -- and they got it. Still, as we’ve written on the blog in the past, it’s not going to mean anything unless they can get their confidence back and put a good stretch together.
Following consecutive 17-point defeats, the Nets jumped out to a 31-18 lead after the first quarter, hit their first six 3-pointers and never looked back. They led by as many as 23.
Brooklyn held Milwaukee to 37.5 percent shooting.
For the first time since the big trade, Paul Pierce (13 points), Jason Terry (12 points) and Kevin Garnett (10 points) all scored in double figures in the same game. Shaun Livingston (20 points, six assists, five rebounds) and Mirza Teletovic (career-high 19 points) led the Nets in scoring.
Deron Williams had all nine of his points in the first quarter. He played 30 minutes. Williams took a charge late in the game and looked as though he was limping as he checked out of the game. Joe Johnson went 2-for-12 from the field.
Kidd decided to go with the team’s 13th different starting lineup of the season in an effort to jump-start them: Williams, Livingston, Johnson, Pierce and Garnett. Andrei Kirilenko (back) and Andray Blatche (personal reasons) were both out. Kirilenko is unlikely to travel with the team on the road, while Blatche is out four games.
UP NEXT: The Nets travel to play the Pacers on Saturday night.