Nets defeat Bucks, ex-coach Jason Kidd 129-127 in triple OT

By on March 21, 2015

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NETS 129, BUCKS 127 (3OT)

The Nets weren’t going to let Jason Kidd leave Brooklyn with another win.

After maneuvering his way out of the borough last July following a failed attempt to gain control of the basketball operations, Kidd had a chance to deal their postseason hopes another blow.

But playing for their playoff lives, the Nets finally stuck it to their ex-coach, erasing a 14-point Bucks advantage and stunning Milwaukee, 129-127, in triple overtime in Brooklyn. Incredibly, the Nets avenged a triple-overtime loss to these same Bucks in November.

Joe Johnson reprised his team closer role and Brook Lopez tossed down a violent dunk to spark the Nets’ first win against Milwaukee in three tries this season. “It looked like we were dead in the water for a minute,” coach Lionel Hollins said. “And all of a sudden we came back.”

The Nets (28-39) climbed to within 1½ games of the eighth and final playoff spot (Boston and Indiana are tied at 30-38) with 15 games left. The Nets are also behind Charlotte, which is 29-38.

“We played like a desperate basketball team tonight,” Jarrett Jack said.

Lopez had a monster game, leading all scorers with 32 points. He also had 18 rebounds and five blocks, becoming the first player in the NBA this season to have at least 30 points, 15 boards and five blocks, the team announced.

Seconds into the third overtime, Lopez took a pass from Johnson (20 points, seven assists) and dunked viciously over Ersan Ilyasova for a three-point play, giving the Nets a 120-117 lead with 4:45 left.

Two free throws by Thaddeus Young (24 points) put the Nets up 124-120 with 55.5 seconds to go. Moments later, Johnson hit a jumper over two defenders to give the Nets a 126-122 edge with 24.9 seconds left.

But the Bucks’ Khris Middleton (29 points) drained a three to make it a one-point game with 19.7 seconds left. Jack (12 points) answered with a pair of free throws with 18.6 seconds remaining to put the Nets back up 128-125.

Johnson had tied the game at 101-101 with a three to help send it to the first overtime. He buried another three with 18.1 seconds left in the second OT, tying the score at 117-117 and sending the game to a third extra session, just like on Nov. 19, when the Nets lost 122-118, to the Bucks in Brooklyn.

Deron Williams, who missed five of six shots, sat for the entire fourth quarter and didn’t play in the first or third overtime periods.

Kidd was booed lustily during the pregame intros, but claimed he did not put any significance into playing his old team.

“No, we’re just working on trying to get better,” said Kidd, whose team has dropped five straight to fall to 34-35. “We’re not worried if we beat someone it can hurt their playoff chances.”

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