Bucks best Nets
Bogut scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half and the Bucks’ bench led by Carlos Delfino, Luke Ridnour and Hakim Warrick added 53 points in a 98-76 decision over the woeful New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night.
“The bench was good,” Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. “We got contributions from a lot of guys and that’s how we have to win. We have to have three, four, five guys play well on any given night, and basically everyone who stepped on the floor tonight contributed in some way.”
Delfino, who had scored 10 points in the Bucks’ last five games, tallied 17 points as the Bucks won for only the fourth time in 15 road games. Warrick added 13 points and Ridnour had 11 as the Bucks beat the Nets for the second time this season.
The game was the best in weeks for Delfino, who added five rebounds, three assists and three steals. He had scored in double figures just once in the past 10 games.
“I thought Carlos played with a lot of energy,” said Skiles.
The Bucks’ easy win came in a game in which they missed their first seven shots and turned the ball over three times in falling behind 8-0.
Skiles inserted Delfino and Kurt Thomas into the lineup for Luc Mbah a Moute and Bogut, and that seemed to settle Milwaukee down.
Former Buck Yi Jianlian had 22 points to lead New Jersey, which lost for the 31st time in 34 games this season. Chris Douglas-Roberts added 12 points and Brook Lopez had 11 and seven rebounds.
Leading by nine points early in the third quarter, Bogut scored eight straight points in the paint to push the Bucks’ lead to 62-45, and the Nets never got close again.
“We still have fight, we just didn’t show it tonight,” said Nets point guard Devin Harris, a Wisconsin native who played for the Badgers. “We had a poor second half of the first quarter and then we came out in the third quarter they jumped on us and we really couldn’t recover from there.”