Depleted Nets Fall to Bucks

Depleted Nets Fall to Bucks

February 5, 2019

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the cold-shooting Nets, 113-94, on Monday night.

The injury-depleted Nets missed 19 of their first 20 3-point attempts, making it another easy night for the Bucks, who have the best record in the N.B.A. at 39-13. The Nets (28-27) finished 5 for 42 (11.9 percent) behind the arc.

Malcolm Brogdon added 16 points and Eric Bledsoe had 15 for the visiting Bucks, who won their fourth straight, all by double digits.

D’Angelo Russell scored 18 points for the Nets, who have been forced to use players from far down on their depth chart because of injuries. It was their third loss in a row.

The Nets shot 32 percent over all, playing without Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie, Joe Harris, Jared Dudley and Allen Crabbe — all either starters or key reserves. Coach Kenny Atkinson said LeVert (dislocated right foot) and Crabbe (sore right knee) would practice with the Nets’ development-league affiliate on Tuesday. Atkinson said he was not yet sure if they would be able to get into games before the All-Star break in mid-February, but he said that the coming returns of some regulars had “good timing.”

“Listen, it doesn’t have to be 40 minutes, right?” Atkinson said. “I think that would be kind of the best scenario, just kind of integrating those guys slowly into the lineup. That’s going to be a big boost for us.”

But on Monday they were no match for the Bucks, especially with Nets guard Shabazz Napier going 0 for 10 behind the arc and DeMarre Carroll missing his first eight over all before finishing 2 for 11.

Despite all that, the Nets trailed by only 9 at halftime. It was nearly 11, but a basket by Antetokounmpo was ruled to have been shot too late after he picked up an inbounds pass with 3 seconds left near one foul line and got all the way to the other basket to attempt a layup.

But the Bucks broke out for 36 points in the third quarter, extending their lead to 87-64 and cruising to victory.

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