Created: 12/08/2013 12:06 AM WHEC.com
(AP) MILWAUKEE - Brook Lopez scored 32 points, Joe Johnson had 15 and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Milwaukee Bucks 90-82 on Saturday night.
Lopez dominated inside, making 11 of 13 shots from the field. He also had seven rebounds and four assists as the Nets bounced back from Thursday night’s embarrassing 113-83 loss to New York.
Alan Anderson added 13 points for Brooklyn.
O.J. Mayo led the Bucks with 22 points and John Henson added 18 points and seven rebounds. Milwaukee has the worst record in the Eastern Conference at 4-16.
Nets forward Kevin Garnett struggled from the field, hitting just 2 of 9 shots while scoring six points, but he had two key fourth-quarter baskets.
Brandon Knight’s two free throws with 3:54 remaining cut Brooklyn’s lead to 82-75. But Garnett rebounded Johnson’s missed 3-pointer at the other end and scored to restore the Nets’ nine-point advantage.
The Bucks closed to 84-78 with 2:38 to go on Khris Middleton’s two foul shots. Lopez then got free under the basket and Johnson found him for an easy dunk, and Garnett hit a 19-foot jumper with 1:42 remaining.
Johnson made a 17-foot jumper as the shot clock expired with 43.3 seconds left to put Milwaukee away.
NOTES: The Nets and Bucks held a pregame moment of silence in honor South African leader Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday. ... Milwaukee was without F Caron Butler (sore left knee) for the sixth straight game and C Zaza Pachulia (sprained right foot) for his second game in a row. ... For the Nets, F Andrei Kirilenko (sore back) missed his 16th consecutive game, guards Jason Terry (bruised left knee) and Deron Williams (sprained left ankle) each missed their ninth straight and F Paul Pierce (broken right hand) won’t be back for two to four weeks.