MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks had Brooklyn on the ropes for the second straight night.
But as they did just 24 hours earlier, the Bucks let a chance at beating a team ahead of them in the standings slip through their fingers.
Up 15 points in the third quarter, Milwaukee just stopped scoring. The Nets took full-advantage and came away with a 97-94 victory after Monta Ellis missed all three free throws with 2.4 seconds left.
Losses to the Nets in back-to-back nights dropped the Bucks to under .500 for the first time since Dec. 5. Milwaukee's win over Philadelphia last Wednesday is its only one in its last eight games and the Bucks are now just 10-11 under Jim Boylan.
"We should have won both of these games and we let them get away," Ellis said. "It's tough right now. We have a few days to really sit back and think about what we've got to do if we are going to make the playoffs."
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