Milwaukee Bucks defeat New Jersey Nets, 97-77

  PLAYER OF THE GAME: Andrew Bogut struggled with his shooting touch against Detroit on Tuesday and again in the first half against New Jersey, but he broke free for 16 of his 22 points in the second half.

He was 11 for 22 from the field overall and added nine rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots.

PLAY OF THE GAME: The Bucks had a five-point lead late in the third quarter when guard Luke Ridnour made a bullet pass to Bogut in the lane. But instead of shootin...

East Rutherford, N.J. — Andrew Bogut knew somebody had to seize the initiative if the Milwaukee Bucks wanted to have an enjoyable all-star break.

So the 7-foot center did it himself, attacking the basket in the third quarter and sparking the Bucks to a 97-77 victory Wednesday night over the struggling New Jersey Nets.

A wicked snowstorm left the Izod Center nearly empty, with 1,016 fans filling the first few rows of seats and entire sections vacant.

But the Bucks ...