NEW YORK — The Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets both went into Monday night winless, then played a back-and-forth game for 45 1/2 minutes.
Then the Bucks scored the final nine points and got their first win.
"(Bayless) gave us everything he did and it was all huge for us," Milwaukee's Greg Monroe said. "He made some big shots coming down the stretch."
"We scratched and clawed," Nets coach Lionel Hollins said. "It was a game we could've had."
Brooklyn led 96-94 after Shane Larkin's 8-footer with 2:45 left. After Monroe tied it with 2:24 remaining, Michael Carter-Williams stole the ball from Bojan Bogdanovic at the 1:30 mark, leading to Middleton's 18-foot jumper for a 98-96 Bucks' lead.
"I was just trying to make a hustle play," Carter-Williams said. "I wasn't scoring the ball too much. I was trying to really get guys involved and I was trying to do the little things. Whatever it took for us to win the game, I'm willing to do."
With 23 seconds remaining, Jack missed a layup and Monroe corralled the rebound. Bayless made two free throws with 19 seconds left.
Antetokounmpo put the exclamation point on the win by blocking Jack's layup attempt at the rim with 13 seconds left.
The theft by Carter-Williams with 1:30 left was a major turning point in the game.
"That was a championship play," Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. "We had guys getting on the floor. Carter-Williams runs him down from behind and makes a heck of a play."
PARKER TO RETURN
Parker will return for the Bucks at home against the 76ers on Wednesday. According to Kidd, Parker will be limited to 15-20 minutes a night and may not play in back-to-backs. "That sounds pretty good," Parker said. "Even 20 is a big number. I just go with what I'm given."
KIDD LOOKS BACK
"It's just another place," Kidd said. "This is a great place. When you talk about New York, you talk about Brooklyn. For me, the Nets will always have a special place because I played and we had a lot of good things that have happened here. It's always good to see the Nets."
CLINTON IN HOUSE
BUCKS: Milwaukee hosts the 76ers on Wednesday night.
NETS: Brooklyn is on the road against the Hawks on Wednesday night.