MILWAUKEE -- Deron Williams scored 23 points as the New Jersey Nets rallied and held off a late comeback attempt by the Bucks for a 97-94 victory over Milwaukee Wednesday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
C.J. Watson added 17 points on 7 of 11 shooting, including 3 of 3-pointers while Andray Blatche added 12 points and 12 rebounds as the Nets beat Milwaukee for the second time in as many nights after losing the previous 13 meetings.
The loss spoiled what had been a strong performance by Brandon Jennings. The Bucks point guard hit his first eight shots and finished with 31 points and 11 assists. Monta Ellis scored 14 points and Ersan Ilyasova and Larry Sanders each added 12, pulling down 12 and 13 rebounds, respectively.
Jennings went 7 of 7 from the field in the first half and added seven assists as Milwaukee went ahead, 54-42 at the break. The Bucks were strong in all aspects, winning the post battle, 26-10 and held a 19-4 advantage on the fast break.
The Bucks maintained the lead until late in the third, when their shots stopped falling. After Epke Udoh's jumper with 1:40 left in the period, Milwaukee made just 2 of its next 17 shots, allowing the Nets to get back in the game and finally take the lead on Keith Bogans' 3-pointer with 5:41 left in the game.
After falling behind by as many as nine, Mike Dunleavy Jr. hit a 3-pointer with 58.7 left on the clock, cutting the deficit to 94-90. After a timeout, Brooklyn came up empty on its next possession and a Jennings layup made it 94-92 with 33 seconds left before Watson answered to restore the four-point Brooklyn lead with 15.5 left.
Jennings again got Milwaukee within two but a late out-of-bounds call went against Milwaukee. Williams made just one of two free throws with 4.1 to play, making it a three-point game and Ellis drew the foul on a 3-point attempt, but missed all three of his free throws with 2.4 left, clinching the victory for Brooklyn.
NOTES: This was the second meeting between Brooklyn and Milwaukee in as many nights. The Nets snapped a 13-game losing streak to Milwaukee with an overtime victory at the Barclays Center ... The Nets have won three in a row and four of their last six, heading into the game Wednesday ... Milwaukee's Larry Sanders was back in the lineup for the second consecutive night after missing the previous four games with a bruised back. He blocked four shots in the first quarter and now has at least one in 35 consecutive games ... Both the Nets and Bucks have been mentioned prominently leading up to the league trading deadline Thursday. Milwaukee head coach Jim Boylan said he wasn't sure how rumors would affect his players. "I think it's a matter of how you approach it as an individual. If you're going to let it bother you, then it's going to bother you every year and that's not a good thing if you're a professional athlete."