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Balance, Defense Key Nets' Win Over Bucks

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Vince Carter recorded a triple-double and the Nets had five players in double figures as they handled the shorthanded Bucks Tuesday night at the IZOD Center. The game got off to an ugly start with neither side able to convert a basket, but the Nets never trailed, led by eight at halftime and by as many as 15 late in the third. The Bucks cut it down to four early in the fourth, but a Keyon Dooling 4-point play keyed a run that put the game away for the Nets. Carter shot just 3-12 from the field, but scored 15 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 12 assists. Brook Lopez led the Nets with 22 points and 12 boards. Devin Harris and Ryan Anderson both finished with 19 while Dooling, who had a career high five three pointers, finished with 18. Anderson also grabbed seven rebounds, including five offensive. He shot 3-5 from downtown and is now shooting 50% from three over the last five games. Richard Jefferson led the Bucks with 27 points. The Bucks were without Michael Redd, who's out for the season, and Andrew Bogut didn't travel to New Jersey because of nagging back problems. Bobby Simmons, Eduardo Najera and Stromile Swift didn't suit up for the Nets.