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Nets Remain Winless; Lose to Bucks

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Brooklyn, NY – Two winless NBA clubs, the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks, collided in an early season contest on Monday night at the Barclays Center.

Last year’s two regular season games in Brooklyn went into triple overtime. Before Monday’s game began, it appeared as if the Nets had a great advantage to be victorious. The Nets were at home, and the Bucks were extremely short-handed as O.J Mayo, Jabari Parker, John Henson and Tyler Ennis did not play.

As it turned out, it seemed as if this game would also go to overtime. The score was tied 10 times. At the end of the first quarter, the score was knotted at 33. At the end of the third quarter the score was tied at 80.

With the Nets up, 96-94, with 2:45 remaining, the Bucks took over. They tied the score again with 73 seconds left in regulation and kept up the pressure. The Milwaukee Bucks netted the final nine points in the contest to secure their first win of the new season.

The more than 12,000 attendees to the second Nets’ home game of the season vociferously jeered the return of former Nets player and Coach Jason Kidd.

After the contest, he remarked of his return, “This is a great place. When you talk about New York you talk about Brooklyn. For me, the Nets will always have a special place because I played and we had a lot of good things that have happened here. It’s always good to see the Nets.”

Six Nets scored in double digits with Brook Lopez leading them with 18 points and also with nine boards. Despite his usual fine play, Nets Coach Lionel Hollins attributed the change of momentum in the final minutes to Lopez’s fifth foul, “Brook’s fifth foul changed the dynamics of the game. We had to take him out.”

He also blamed the loss on the 18 turnovers by the Nets which led to 25 points by the visitors. Jerryd Bayless led the Bucks in scoring with 26 points. Greg Monroe had the only double-double of the contest with 23 points and 13 points rebounds.

The third 20+ point scorer for the Bucks was NBA sophomore Giannis Antetokounmpo with 21 points and eight boards. The 20 year old, born in Nigeria and then moved to Greece, was the 10th pick in the first round of the NBA Draft last year. He is certainly not being subjected to the sophomore jinx, thus far, this season.

The two teams will meet again on Saturday at Milwaukee. On Wednesday of this week, the Nets travel to Atlanta for another opportunity to obtain their first win of the season

Official scorer Herb Turetzky was honored by the Nets for having served as the official scorer of the Nets for 2,000 games. The veteran began with them when they were called the New Jersey Americans in 1967. He began his career while still a student at LIU.

Former President Bill Clinton was in the house in a courtside seat. The knowledgeable hoops fan was happy to see 15 year NBA veteran Joe Johnson, a graduate of Arkansas. Clinton posed for selfies with fans, shook many hands and conversed with fans sitting downstairs during the halftime intermission.

About Howard Goldin

Howard Goldin is a 72-year-old Bronx native whose passion for sports is evidenced by his 15 years of sports writing with Latino Sports. A former English instructor at Monroe College, his love for sports started with baseball and have expanded since. If there's a sport or a community event, Howard will be in attendance covering it.

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