Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/2

Game 1: Wednesday, November 2nd
Game 2: Sunday, February 12th
Game 3: Tuesday, February 21st
Game 4: Sunday, April 9th

Bucks 79

(26-24, 10-15 away)

Nets 94


6:00 PM ET, February 12, 2006

IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

1 2 3 4 T
MIL 20 23 16 2079
NJ 26 29 17 2294

Top Performers

Mil: M. Redd 27 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

NJ: J. Kidd 16 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk

Nets cruise past Bucks in lopsided home win

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- With the Continental Airlines Arena less than a quarter full because of a record-setting snowstorm and a sluggish opponent after an overnight trip, the New Jersey Nets needed to find an energy source.

It turned out to be the oldest active player in the NBA.

Clifford Robinson, the 39-year-old reserve who moved into the league's top 10 in games played with his 1,279th career appearance Sunday night, scored 16 points in the Nets' 94-79 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

The game was played before approximately 5,000 fans who braved the 2 feet of snow that fell earlier in the day.

"It was a weird game," said Vince Carter, who scored a team-high 24 points. "It was really slow and we all had to work our way into it. There wasn't a lot of energy out there. I was tired even before the game. But Cliff was big with his energy. He was the difference. We played OK. He made the difference."

The victory was the 13th in 14 home games for the Nets (27-22), who had a 12-game home winning streak snapped by San Antonio on Friday night.

"Cliff was Cliff, looking like he was a 22-year-old kid out there," said Jason Kidd, who added 16 points. "This was a pivotal game for us and Cliff gave us a huge lift. After we lost to San Antonio, we weren't playing our best. The weather played a part. We couldn't get going and couldn't make shots. But we handled ourselves pretty well. They had a tough back-to-back and we took care of business."

The official paid attendance was listed at 12,256. The team allowed fans who sat in the second tier of the arena to move down to the lower area soon after the game began. Other ticket holders who didn't make it to the game will be allowed to exchange their unused tickets for one of two games later this month.

With center Nenad Krstic ejected just before halftime, the Nets received a huge boost from their bench. Scott Padgett added 10 points.

Michael Redd paced the Bucks (26-24) with 27 points, while T.J. Ford added 18.

The loss was the first time this season that Milwaukee lost to an Atlantic Division foe, having won the previous nine games.

The teams exchanged the lead six times in the first quarter before the Nets took command behind Kidd, who had 10 points in the quarter.

The Nets went on an 11-0 over a 3:21 span of the second, increasing the lead to 41-25. Rookie Antoine Wright capped the run with an alley-oop slam off a pass from Carter.

Milwaukee countered with seven straight points from Redd to pull within nine with 5:23 left, but the Nets maintained control for the remainder of the quarter and led 55-43 at the half.

As the half ended, Magloire and Krstic exchanged shoves with both drawing technical fouls. However, only Krstic was ejected by referee Mike Callahan.

"He pushed me, so I pushed him back," Krstic said. "I was surprised when he told me I was ejected. I didn't think it was fair. I don't know why I was ejected."

Callahan told a pool reporter that, "We felt that Krstic was the aggressor with a forearm to the head and that's why the participant was ejected."

The Nets missed their first nine shots in the third quarter and failed to score for the first 6 minutes. Milwaukee cut the lead to 57-52 on a jumper by Redd with 5:54 left, but the Nets then outscored the Bucks 12-5 over the final 5:08 to take a 72-59 lead into the final period. They led by as many as 18 in the closing minutes.

"The bottom line is that you're going to have to manufacture your own energy," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "The essence of a true team is playing for each other anyway. As much as we support our fans, we obviously respect the fact that we don't want to put anybody in harm's way coming out to a game with so much weather conditions."

Redd said that the weather and the travel conditions shouldn't have been an excuse. The Bucks beat the Nets 110-96 in New Jersey on opening night Nov. 2, with Redd scoring 41 points.

"We have to play no matter the circumstances or situations," Redd said. "We're all professionals here. There are no excuses whatsoever."

Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts agreed.

"The weather didn't affect our travel," Stotts said. "Maybe it affected the mood, but our travel was the same. We looked a little tired. but offensively New Jersey did a good job of executing and passed the ball well, making shots and making it on our defense."

The Nets had 32 assists on 36 field goals made, marking the ninth time this season they had more than 30 assists. They have won all nine games.

Game notes

The game was played with only two referees, Tony Brown and Callahan. The NBA would not release the name of the third official, who likely couldn't get there because of the snow. The Bucks played without starting forward Bobby Simmons (plantar fasciitis) and reserve guard Mo Williams (sprained ankle).

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 79 94
FGM-FGA 31-69 (.449) 36-72 (.500)
3PM-3PA 4-13 (.308) 7-21 (.333)
FTM-FTA 13-17 (.765) 15-18 (.833)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-33 4-28
Assists 17 32
Turnovers 20 14
Steals 10 8
Blocks 0 4
Fast Break Points 8 14
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (3/0) 17 (3/0)
Largest Lead 4 18

Top Performers

New Jersey
Michael Redd Redd
Points: 27
Reb: 3
Ast: 2
Stl: 1
Blk: 0
Jason Kidd Kidd
Points: 16
Reb: 5
Ast: 5
Stl: 4
Blk: 1