WASHINGTON (AP) — Milwaukee coach Larry Drew waited less than 30 seconds to call timeout and express his displeasure with his young team's defense against the Washington Wizards.
When the game was on the line, he was happy with what he saw.
Khris Middleton scored a career-high 29 points and Brandon Knight added 20 as the Bucks beat the Wizards 109-105 in overtime.
Washington went 0 for 6 from the field in the extra period.
"I thought they did a really good job, particularly defensively in overtime," Drew said. "I think they really locked in."
John Henson had 19 points and 17 rebounds for the Bucks (4-15), who had lost 13 of their previous 14.
"It was huge," Middleton said of the win. "We've been struggling all season so far and just to gut out a win like this in overtime is good."
John Wall scored 30 points and Trevor Ariza added 22 points and 12 rebounds for Washington.
With the score tied at 102 heading to the extra period, Hensen's jumper put the Bucks ahead in the opening minute and Ersan Ilyasova layup made it 106-102 with 3:12 to go.
Ariza was fouled and made three free throws with 42.8 seconds left to pull the Wizards within one. Knight answered with a jumper with 21.1 seconds left and added a free throw 12 seconds later to seal the win and avenge Washington's overtime win last week in Milwaukee.
"I think we've given away a lot of wins," Knight said. "We've gifted a lot of teams this year."
Washington (9-10) had won two straight and missed chance to go over the .500 mark for the first time in four years
"Somebody on this team has got to become the leader that doesn't allow these things to happen," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "I went into the locker room to talk to them before the game. It was carefree unlike the last two weeks. ... I told our guys when we walked out we could be in a little trouble tonight.
Washington went 0 for 6 from the field in overtime.
The Wizards, who trailed by 13 at halftime, rallied and led by five after Wall's jumper with 43 seconds left in regulation. Middleton's jumper cut the lead to three and, after a miss by Wall, Knight's 3-pointer with 15.1 seconds left tied the score at 102.
Washington's Chris Singleton missed a corner three as regulation ended.
"First half we played bad. Second half we had a chance to win it," Wall said. "The last 40 seconds we didn't execute. What we're supposed to do to get stops.