Jennings, Ellis lead Bucks in 97-88 win over Nets
Victory marked 12th straight for Bucks in series
NEW YORK — Bucks 97, Nets 88: Brandon Jennings collected 26 points and seven assists and Monta Ellis added 24 and five as visiting Milwaukee continued its dominance of Brooklyn.
Marquis Daniels chipped in 13 points and Ersan Ilyasova had 10 for the Bucks, who have taken 12 straight in the series.
Deron Williams scored 18 points and Gerald Wallace led a comeback effort in the fourth quarter to finish with 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Nets, who have lost four in a row and three straight at home.
Brooklyn shot just 27.7 percent in the first half, with Williams and Joe Johnson combining to go 3-for-17 from the field, as Milwaukee took a 48-31 edge into the break. The lead stretched to as much as 68-39 after five straight points from Ellis midway through the third quarter.
But the Nets cut it back to a 20-point deficit to begin the fourth quarter and dominated the final period, slicing it to 85-79 on Kris Humphries’ dunk with 3:02 remaining. The Bucks recovered to score on each of their next six possessions, including a 3-pointer by Daniels that pushed the lead back to 10 with 1:23 left.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Williams finished 8-of-19 from the field and added eight assists but Johnson struggled to six points on 2-of-8 shooting. … Nets G MarShon Brooks matched a season high with 14 points off the bench. … Milwaukee forced 22 turnovers to help overcome a 44-33 deficit on the boards.