EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- The New Jersey Nets are getting as many home wins as possible before beginning a tough road stretch.
Lucious Harris scored a season-high 25 points and Kenyon Martin added 21 as the Nets extended their home winning streak to 12 games with a 110-90 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in the opener of a home-and-home series.
New Jersey is one victory from matching the longest home winning streak in franchise history and hosts Cleveland on Monday in its final game of the year. But the Nets play 11 of the next 14 contests on the road, beginning with Saturday's visit to the Bradley Center, making their recent home success crucial for gaining momentum.
"The important thing is taking this on the road," Harris said. "We've proven that we can win at home. Now it's time to go prove it on the road. Our success this year depends on the road. It's going to be tough."
New Jersey has won 10 home games in a month for the first time in team history and improved the NBA's best home record to 17-1.
"It's extremely important to take care of home court, especially since we've had difficulty on the road," said New Jersey forward Jason Collins, who tied a season high with 11 points and had a career-best six assists. "We've done a great job of that this year and now we've got a chance for the confidence and that playing style on the road."
Harris and Martin combined to make 18-of-28 shots as New Jersey shot season-high 55 percent (40-of-73) from the floor, including a season-best 64 percent (7-of-11) from 3-point range.
Rodney Rogers scored 13 points, fellow reserve Anthony Johnson added 12 and Jason Kidd collected 10 and nine assists for the Nets, who never trailed after the game's opening seven minutes.
Martin scored eight points and Collins had seven as New Jersey outscored Milwaukee, 26-17, in the third quarter to take control.
The Nets had a 71-64 edge with 6:40 left in the quarter before pulling away with 10 consecutive points. Harris scored the first four points of the burst and Collins had two free throws and a dunk before two foul shots by Martin gave New Jersey an 81-64 cushion at the 3:33 mark.
"We just got out there and played," Harris said. "We led by seven at halftime. We knew we had a good lead, but we knew they were a dangerous team. We just tried to step up our defense and make it tough for them."
"They went on a little run," Bucks guard Kevin Ollie said. "We had bad shot selection, which allowed them to run. We allowed them to get out on the break. They are a good team, especially when they are here."
The Bucks did not get closer than 13 thereafter and the Nets had their largest lead at 104-82 on a jumper by Brian Scalabrine with 4:35 remaining in the game.
"I thought in the third and fourth quarter we came out and played much better defense," Scott said. "We tightened up the defense and that was the message at halftime. We knew we could score, but I did not want to get into a run-and-gun game."
New Jersey has won five in a row overall and improved to 10-0 at home against Eastern Conference opponents.
Former Net Sam Cassell scored 25 points as Milwaukee failed in a bid for its first three-game winning streak of the season.
Ray Allen and Michael Redd had 13 points apiece and Tim Thomas added 12 for the Bucks, who managed just 37 points in the second half.
"To beat them on this court, you have to play better than we did tonight," Milwaukee coach George Karl said. "The team is a balance of talent and attitude, and they are successful because of this."