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[sny-box]Marcus Thornton led the Nets in scoring with 25 points (8-of-13 shooting, 4-of-7 from deep) in 24 minutes off the bench.
Andray Blatche racked up a double-double, thanks in large part to a perfect nine-of-nine from the line. He scored 19 points and grabbed 13 boards.
Shaun Livingston shot 7-for-11 from the field en route to a 14 point night.
Starting for the banged up Kevin Garnett, Mason Plumlee started and played 11 minutes. He registered five points and seven rebounds.
Andrei Kirilenko had five steals to go along with seven points.
Brooklyn's bench contributed 54 points.[/sny-box]
Thornton was lights out in the second and fourth quarters. The Nets' deadline acquisition consistently found himself good shooting opportunities from seemingly everywhere on the floor. He was perfect in the second, and knocked down two threes as part of a 10 point fourth, showing the spark that Brooklyn could have potentially found in bringing him on board. Let's hope this performance is a sign of things to come.
How nice is it to see a big man go to the line and take advantage of his opportunities from the charity stripe? Blatche is nearing 80% on his free throw attempts this year, and it's so refreshing to see those easy points get counted.
Andrei Kirilenko is just awesome, isn't he? Everything he does seems to help this team win. I marvel at him night in and night out. His hustle on a number of his five swipes were just ferocious. Such a complete game from a complete player.
Despite the winning effort, the Nets were outrebounded by Milwaukee 43-41. It's not an outlandish margin, but Brooklyn is going to need to get this issue on the boards cleared up. It's March, which means it's crunch time, and it's unlikely that they'll make much noise by being bested on the glass by teams like the Bucks.
Nice job to make a winning trip out of this circus-esque travel schedule. Now it's time to take care of business at home, and it starts with a game very important to playoff positioning.
The Nets return home to the Barclays Center on Monday, where they'll host the Chicago Bulls. Tip is set for 7:30 PM.