MILWAUKEE — John Henson’s tip-in at the buzzer gave the Milwaukee Bucks a 110-108 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night, their first of the season.
Rashad Vaughn scored a career-high 22 points, including six 3-pointers, for Milwaukee. Giannis Antetokounmpo added 21 points and 11 rebounds. He scored all of his points in the paint, including seven dunks.
Vaughn, who surpassed his previous career high of 12, hit consecutive 3-pointers that gave Milwaukee a seven-point lead late in the fourth quarter. But after Matthew Dellavedova missed a driving layup, Bojan Bogdanovic nailed a 3-pointer to tie the score with 11.6 seconds remaining, setting up Henson’s heroics.
Bogdanovic’s 26 points led the Nets, who made just 11 of 35 3-point attempts.
The Nets played without oft-injured starting center Brook Lopez, who rested after logging 26 minutes and scoring 25 points on Friday night in a home win over Indiana.
Nets: The team plans to closely monitor Lopez, who has had three surgeries on his right foot. “This doesn’t mean that he won’t play back-to-backs the rest of the year,” coach Kenny Atkinson said. “We will look at what is best for him and the team. We want peak performance for the long term.” . G Greivis Vasquez left the game in the first half with a sore right ankle and didn’t return.
Bucks: After missing the season opener with a sprained left ankle, Tony Snell made his first appearance with the Bucks since being acquired in an Oct. 17 trade that sent Michael Carter-Williams to Chicago. “We thought that’d be the best thing, to get him in the flow of things right of the bat instead of sitting and waiting around,” coach Jason Kidd said.
The Bucks exercised the third-year contract option on Vaughn, the team’s first-round pick in the 2015 draft. Vaughn, 20, appeared in 70 games during his rookie season and averaged 3.1 points. “This is a case where we’d love for him to make shots every time he takes the floor but it just doesn’t happen right away,” Kidd said.
Nets: On Monday, they host Chicago and key newcomers Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo.
Bucks: At Detroit on Sunday. Milwaukee lost three of four games to the Pistons last season.