Giannis Antetokounmpo had 28 points and 11 rebounds in his return to the lineup, Eric Bledsoe added 29 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the host Nets, 131-121, on Monday night.
The reserve guard George Hill chipped in 22 points while Brook Lopez and Sterling Brown each scored 14 for the Bucks, who played without forward Khris Middleton because of soreness in his left groin.
Milwaukee was unable to clinch the best record in the Eastern Conference because Toronto won earlier Monday.
D’Angelo Russell had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets, who remained seventh in the East after losses by Detroit and Miami. Caris LeVert had 24 points off the bench.
Milwaukee got off to a quick start and led by 35-13 with 1 minute 39 seconds left to play in the first quarter. But the Nets stormed back with a 28-6 spurt to go up, 42-41, on a layup by DeMarre Carroll with 5:53 remaining in the half.
There were 18 lead changes in the third before Milwaukee took a 101-91 lead on a 3-point play from Antetokounmpo with 10:21 to go in the fourth.
KNICKS 113, BULLS 105 Luke Kornet scored a career-high 24 points, and the Knicks broke a six-game losing streak with a victory over visiting Chicago. Kevin Knox added 19 points, Damyean Dotson had 18 and Emmanuel Mudiay scored 17 for the Knicks. Robin Lopez led the Bulls with a season-high 29 points. Chicago has lost five straight.