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Lopez Returns, But Nets Come Up Empty Against Bucks

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Brook Lopez returned to action on Sunday, but he couldn't help the Nets' offense, which shot just 34 percent in a 92-85 loss the Bucks at the Prudential Center.

The Nets recovered from an ugly start to take a brief lead midway through the second quarter, but the Bucks took control with a 7-0 run and opened things up with a 15-4 start to the second half. The Nets cut the lead down to seven midway through the fourth and down to five with a minute left, but each time, their run was stopped with a Milwaukee three.

In addition to their offensive woes, the Nets couldn't stop Ersan Ilyasova, who scored 29 points and grabbed 25 rebounds. Both were career highs and the 25 boards equaled the NBA one-game high for the season.

Deron Williams led the Nets with 26 points and six assists. Anthony Morrow added 17 points off the bench, but the Nets' other five reserves shot 1-for-14. MarShon Brooks (3-for-14) also struggled. Lopez had nine points, two rebounds, two assists and one block in 22 minutes. He shot just 2-for-7 from the field and 5-for-11 from the line.