Jefferson's 24 Help Nets Smother Bucks

Carter adds 21 as New Jersey wins for second time in eight games
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2008 10:02 AM CDT
Jefferson's 24 Help Nets Smother Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks center Dan Gadzuric dunks against the New Jersey Nets during the first half of a basketball game Saturday, April 12, 2008 in Milwaukee.    (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

(Newser) – Richard Jefferson scored 24 points and Vince Carter added 21 as the New Jersey Nets beat the Milwaukee Bucks 111-98 last night. 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.

Milwaukee has lost six straight and played a lackadaisical game despite having new GM John Hammond 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 three hours before last night's game. Desmond Mason led Milwaukee with 18 points, while Michael Redd finished with 12 points in 29 minutes. (Read more NBA stories.)

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