Jennings has 34 points to lead Bucks past Nets
By: By Tom Canavan, AP Sports Writer, Superior Telegram
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Brandon Jennings has 34 points, seven assists and seven rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks posted their third straight win, 105-99 over the New Jersey Nets on Monday night.
Drew Gooden added 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as the Bucks rallied from an early 12-point deficit to beat New Jersey for the 10th straight time. Beno Udrih added 15 points and seven assists and Mike Dunleavy had 15 points, including a 3-pointer from the corner with 1:30 to go that opened a 10-point lead.
Kris Humphries had a career-high 31 points and 18 rebounds for New Jersey, which lost its second straight without point guard Deron Williams. Jordan Farmar added 17 points and seven assist, while Anthony Morrow also scored 17.
Milwaukee didn't have a lead in the opening 36 minutes, but closed the third quarter with a 9-0 run to tie the score at 73 and opened the fourth with a 14-7 spurt that gave it an 87-80 lead with 7:36 to go.
Jennings, who was 6 of 11 from long range, hit two 3s to open the fourth quarter and capped the run, working a great give-and-go with Gooden for a layup.
The Nets got within three points twice, but Dunleavy scored on a goaltending call against Humphries with 6:22 to go and Jennings made his final 3 with 4:01 to go to start a 7-2 run that built the lead to eight points.
Humphries had a great opening half, scoring 21 points on 7-for-9 shooting, while grabbing 10 rebounds in helping New Jersey take a 54-47 lead. Just as important, the power forward forced Ilyasova to pick up two quick fouls and head to the bench.
Ilyasova, who was named the Eastern Conference player of the week, did little in the game, finishing with four points and three rebounds. He spent most of the seocnd half on the bench. In his last game against New Jersey he had career highs of 29 points and 25 rebounds.
They didn't need him this time.
BUCK BITS: Defensive end Justin Tuck and running back Ahmad Bradshaw of the Super Bowl champion Giants were at the game. ... Referee Steven Anderson showed a short fuse hitting Dunleavy with a technical on a play in which the veteran deflected a Nets' pass off the backboard causing a turnover. ... Milwaukee had 32 assists on its 43 baskets. ... Humphries finished 11 of 15 from the field. His previous high was 25 points earlier this year. His career best for rebounds is 19.