MILWAUKEE (AP) -- John Salmons scored 22 points on 10 of 13 shooting and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night after clinching a playoff berth a day earlier.
Jerry Stackhouse added 18 points and Kurt Thomas had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, who won their third straight and improved to 2-0 without center Andrew Bogut.
Milwaukee remains fifth in the Eastern Conference and can finish no worse than seventh at this point even without Bogut, who is lost for the season after dislocating his right elbow and breaking his hand on Saturday.
Devin Harris scored 18 of his 25 points in the first quarter as New Jersey fell to 11-67, guaranteeing the Nets will finish with at least a share of the worst record in the league.
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