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New "Big Three" Buck a Trend

The Nets took on a depleted Buck team Saturday and did what they were supposed to do: win easily. Still, the Nets looked impressive, taking over in the third quarter and not letting up. Up by one at half time, New Jersey outscored Milwaukee, 52-34, to take a commanding lead late in the fourth, then coasted. Vince Carter once again played well, with 21 points, 10 assists and four steals. Richard Jefferson led all scorers with 24 points and seven assists, while Devin Harris scored 13, handed out nine assists and came up with a career-high six steals. New Jersey's bench shot 60.7% overall, including 87.5% from deep, in racking up 41 points. Boki Nachbar (15) and Marcus Williams (11) led the effort. Sean Williams, however, appears to have won a permanent seat on the bench if not in the doghouse. He didn't play. For the Bucks, down to nine healthy bodies, the loss spoiled new general manager John Hammond's first game. Desmond Mason led Milwaukee with 18 and Bobby Simmons added 15. Michael Redd, being guarded by Harris most of the night, couldn't get untracked and wound up with 12 points, his sixth lowest total of the season. With the win, the Nets swept the season series...and avoided a 50-loss season.