MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- The Milwaukee Bucks discovered a way to beat the New Jersey Nets.
Ray Allen scored 29 points and Toni Kukoc added 26 as the Bucks made 12 3-pointers en route to a 99-93 victory over the Nets, who suffered their first loss of the season.
New Jersey won its first four games by an average of 11 points and looked unstoppable on both ends of the court. But the defending Eastern Conference champions were unable to stop the Bucks, who dominated from the 3-point line.
"Coming into this game, I had some nervousness," Allen said. "The way we played in our home opener against Orlando wasn't us. We had to come out here and be aggressive, and we did that."
Kukoc made 5-of-7 shots from behind the arc and Allen buried 3-of-7 as Milwaukee shot 60 percent (12-of-20) from 3-point range. Michael Redd made 3-of-4 3-pointers and scored 13 points off the bench.
"Tonight is the type of game you can take some confidence from," Kukoc said. "We did a good job tonight of allowing our defense to build confidence for our offense. We were patient and got good open looks at the basket."
"Our effort tonight was lackadaisical to begin with," Nets coach Byron Scott said. "When you are playing against a team that can shoot the ball and you give them that much space, the basket looks like an ocean for them."
Kukoc and Allen combined to make 18-of-32 shots from the floor and 9-of-10 free throws as the Bucks shot 49 percent (37-of-75) overall and made 13-of-14 from the line.
"There is good stuff out there, but we still have out down times on the floor," Bucks coach George Karl said. "We have been playing focused and intense and we need to continue playing that way. The foundation I'm seeing is defensive, and that's what we want to see."
The Nets had a 36-32 lead early in the second quarter before the Bucks took control with a 19-6 run. Allen scored 10 points and Milwaukee nailed five 3-pointers during the spurt, which gave the Bucks a 51-42 cushion 67 seconds before halftime.
Sam Cassell had 12 points and nine assists against his former team and rookie Dan Gadzuric added a season-high 10 points for Milwaukee, which has won two in a row after losing its first two games.
"We were unselfish and played good, hard defense," Kukoc said. "New Jersey is a great team, but we showed we can play with good teams tonight."
Jason Kidd scored 24 points and Dikembe Mutombo had 18 and six rebounds for the Nets, who shot just 39 percent (32-of-81) from the floor.
New Jersey, which was the only unbeaten team in the East, has lost five in a row at the Bradley Center. The Nets were trying to go 5-0 for the first time in franchise history.
"Nobody is going to go undefeated, we have to move on," Kidd said. "This is a learning experience for us. Everyone is going to be gunning for us."
Lucious Harris scored 15 points off the bench and Kerry Kittles and Kenyon Martin added 11 apiece for New Jersey. Richard Jefferson, who was averaging a team-leading 17.3 points per game, was held to one on 0-of-7 shooting.