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  • Bucks center Larry Sanders is no worse for wear after playing 27 minutes last night in the Nets’ 113-111 victory in Brooklyn. Sanders missed the last four games before the break with a bruised lower back. Sanders played 27 1/2 minutes and 14 points, eight rebounds and six blocked shots. “He was OK,” Bucks coach Jim Boylan said. “He ended up playing 27 minutes — a little bit more than I wanted to play him, but I needed him out there. … I was glad to see the way he played last night and the way he responded today.”
  • Nets forward Andray Blatche had a strong game off the bench Tuesday night with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting and six rebounds. “He played well,” Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo said. I think he’s not lacking confidence. He’s played well for us all year and when we give him minutes he takes advantage of it.”
  • Years ago back-to-back home-and-home sets were not so rare when the NBA had fewer teams and teams played each other six times in a season. This current set of home-and-home between the Bucks and Nets had some comparing it to a playoff series, but Carlesimo noted one difference. “It’s not like the playoffs, because you never play back-to-back in the playoffs,” Carlesimo said. “You are playing the same team; it’s good preparation.”

Rick Braun

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