The Nets trimmed a 29-point second half deficit to six against the Bucks on Sunday, but lost 97-88.
Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis got Milwaukee off to a hot start, combining for 15 points in the first quarter and giving the Bucks a seven-point lead after one. The Bucks pushed the lead out to 17 at halftime, as the Nets scored just 13 points in the second quarter.
The deficit got as large as 29 in the second half before a late charge by Brooklyn got the Nets within six points with just over three minutes to go. However, Milwaukee scored the next four points and Brooklyn would not get any closer than six the rest of the way.
Jennings finished with 26 points to lead Milwaukee, while also adding seven assists, six rebounds and five steals. Ellis had 24 points for the Bucks, who moved to 10-9.