Game 4 Recap: Brooklyn Nets vs Milwaukee Bucks

The Brooklyn Nets returned to the Barclays Center to face off against a young and promising Milwaukee Bucks squad. Both teams were looking for their first win of the season coming into tonight’s game. Jason Kidd returned to a Nets team he once played for and coached only two years ago. Kidd was always a fan favorite until he left most Nets fans a sour taste in their mouths due to his desire for control of the Nets, which led him to be traded, as well as the infamous “spill.” Anyway, back to the game.

The Brooklyn Nets Starting lineup consisted of:
PG – Jarrett Jack
SG – Markel Brown
SF – Joe Johnson
PF – Thaddeus Young
C – Brook Lopez

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A quick basket by Brook Lopez following the tip-off allowed the Nets to start with a lead. In typical Nets fashion, they allowed the Bucks to go on a 9-0 run following the lone basket just less then 3 minutes into the game. The Nets were able to dig themselves out of that shallow hole by fighting back and converting on three consecutive “And-1s.” Andrea Bargnani was the first to come off the bench for the Nets at the midway mark of the 1st quarter. The Bucks did play a very clean first quarter accumulating only 1 turnover which came with thirty seconds left in the first. Brooklyn finished off the quarter strong and the game was tied at 33-33.

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Brooklyn started off the second quarter with a bench lineup of Larkin, Bogdanovic, Hollis-Jefferson, Robinson, and Bargnani. The Nets had a slight advantage at the beginning of the second quarter due to early foul trouble by Miles Plumlee (Mason’s older brother). Miles helped out the Nets by accumulating 4 fouls in just 6 minutes of play. Sadly, the Nets sloppy play in the second quarter led to a string of turnovers which hurt their chances of regaining a lead in the second. The Nets ended the first half with 11 turnovers which trumped the Bucks’ 2. The Nets were outscored 26-15 in the second quarter giving the Bucks a 59-48 lead at halftime. Brook was leading the team with 9 points and 6 rebounds while Johnson, Jack, and Young each had 7 points.

A pleasantly surprising sight was a strong 3rd quarter from the Nets. Just 5 minutes into the second half, Brooklyn was in the bonus due to foul trouble by the Bucks. The Nets were able to climb back into the game by playing much better defense than the second quarter. Brooklyn went on a run while erasing an 11-point deficit and, with the help of Bargnani’s “And 1,” the game was tied going into the 4th quarter at 80-80.

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Brooklyn and the Bucks played a hard fought final quarter. The entire period was back and forth scoring between the two teams. No team allowing to give the other any momentum. With only 3:30 minutes to go in the game, the Nets finally regained the lead — their first of the second half– at 94-92. A crucial mishap for the Nets occurred while Bojan was bringing the ball down the court carelessly as Michael Carter-Williams stole the ball which started a run to end the game at 103-96. The Nets finished with a season high 18 turnovers. Clearly, it is hard to win with that many turnovers, let alone keep the game close.

Brook Lopez led the Nets in scoring again for a third time this season with 18 points and 9 rebounds.

The Nets are unfortunately still winless after having their best opportunity to get their first win of the season.

If there is any takeaway from this game, it is that I am now aware of the relationship between former President Bill Clinton and our beloved Brook Lopez.

The Nets look to capture their first win in Atlanta on Wednesday at 8PM (EST).

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