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The modern NBA is a guard-dominated league. That held to form Wednesday, which was a decidedly good thing for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Point guard Brandon Jennings led the way with 25 points, and Monta Ellis more than supported his backcourt partner with a stellar floor game. The shooting guard posted a stat line of 20 points, seven assists,[url=http://rogervivierweddingshoes.olimx.com/][b]cheap 2013 roger vivier wedding shoes for sale[/b][/url], six rebounds and six steals, and it all translated to a fairly comfortable 108-93 win for the Bucks (15-12) at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
The Bucks' victory sent the discouraged Nets a little further into a tailspin. Brooklyn (14-14) lost for the 10th time in 13 games after starting the season 11-4. In one of the most perplexing trends in the league, Milwaukee has now won 13 straight against the Nets' franchise.
The latest installment of the streak featured a significant shooting edge for Milwaukee. The Bucks shot 48% to Brooklyn's 39%. The edge was even greater from beyond the arc, as the Bucks connected on 10 of 17 attempts (59%), while the Nets made just 4-of-21 (19 %). Even Ellis, not noted as a three-point threat, was 3-of-3 from long range.
"Some nights it's as simple as that," Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. "We made our shots; we made our threes and made our free throws (18-19). We had basically the same ball movement,[url=http://cheapnikesoccercleatsmercurial.webmium.com/][b]Discount Soccer Cleats[/b][/url], the same kind of looks. We just knocked them down tonight."
It was an important victory for the Bucks, who needed to bounce back from Saturday's flat performance against Cleveland and also know they need to start playing better at home if they want to be taken seriously in an already tight Eastern Conference playoff race. The win improved Milwaukee to 8-6 on its court this season.
It was also encouraging that Milwaukee was not in an overly festive mood against the foundering Nets. One keeps wondering when Brooklyn will snap out of its funk and rediscover the form that produced two five-game winning streaks earlier this year, particularly after getting embarrassed at home by the rival Celtics before a national Christmas audience.
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Mike Dunleavy and Ersan Ilyasova both had strong games off the bench for Milwaukee, with each posting 17 points and hitting a key three-pointer during a late game-clinching run. Ilyasova added 11 rebounds and evoked memories of his monster 29-point, 25-point rebound game against the Nets last season. (Can someone tell him to visualize playing Brooklyn every game from now on?) Beno Udrih also returned to action for the first time since badly spraining his ankle nearly a month ago and will shore up the guard depth.
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The win was needed because the world champion Heat visit Saturday in what may not feel like a friendly environment. To be sure, it's a stiff test in any venue.
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