NEW YORK – Brandon Jennings had heard all the talk about how Brooklyn’s backcourt of Deron Williams and Joe Johnson was considered one of the best in the league.
Jennings and his backcourt mate Monta Ellis were aware of the height advantage Williams and Johnson had on them, but the Milwaukee Bucks’ duo showed they belong in the conversation, too.
Jennings scored 26 points and Ellis added 24 as Milwaukee withstood Brooklyn’s fourth-quarter rally and beat the Nets 97-88 Sunday night.
Jennings and Ellis outscored Williams and Johnson 50-24 and managed to make some key plays in the final minutes to seal the victory.
Knicks 112, Nuggets 106: At New York, Carmelo Anthony returned from a two-game absence with 34 points against his former team, and New York beat Denver to remain the NBA’s lone unbeaten team at home.
Back in the starting lineup after missing two games with a cut on the middle finger of his left hand that required stitches, Anthony twice made baskets in the final 2:08 after Denver had pulled within four points.
Jazz 117, Lakers 110: At Los Angeles, Paul Millsap scored 24 points, Mo Williams added 22, and Utah defeated Los Angeles for its third straight victory.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 34 points, as they fell to 4-7 in their past 11 games.
Magic 98, Suns 90: At Phoenix, rookie Andrew Nicholson scored nine of his career-high 19 points in the fourth quarter, and Orlando pulled away to hand Phoenix its seventh loss in a row.
Thunder 104, Pacers 93: At Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 27 points, Kevin Martin added 24 and Oklahoma City clamped down in the second half to beat Indiana for its eighth straight win.
Clippers 102, Raptors 83: At Los Angeles, Jamal Crawford led a fourth-quarter rally by the reserves with 16 points, and Los Angeles defeated Toronto to win its sixth in a row while handing the Raptors their 10th consecutive road loss.