New GM watches Bucks lose
Bostjan Nachbar scored all 15 of his points in the second half for New Jersey, which won for only the second time in eight games.
Jefferson, Nachbar and Devin Harris each scored four points in a 12-0 fourth-quarter run to give the Nets a 106-87 lead and put the game away.
Milwaukee has lost six straight and played a lackadaisical game despite having its new GM at the game. Hammond, who spent the past seven years as Detroit’s vice president of basketball operations, was named general manager Friday and introduced during a news conference 32 hours before Saturday night’s game.
Desmond Mason led Milwaukee with 18 points, while Michael Redd, the Bucks’ leading scorer, took only seven shots and finished with 12 points in 29 minutes.
The Bucks had scored eight consecutive points earlier in the quarter to get within single digits, 91-83, but could get no closer.
New Jersey took control with a 16-4 run midway through the third quarter. Carter opened the run with a dunk and capped it with another dunk – this one running at full speed – to give the Nets an 82-68 lead with 2:12 left in the quarter.
Jefferson scored 16 points and Carter had 14 in the first half as New Jersey led 54-53 at halftime.
Milwaukee took its biggest lead, 36-26, on Mason’s layup with 8:57 left in the second quarter. The Nets, though, went on a 24-13 run to take the lead for good at 50-49 on Carter’s dunk with 2:03 to go in the quarter.