With 19.6 seconds left in the period and the game tied 112-112, Kidd looked over to the Nets' bench after a timeout and appeared to tell Johnson, "We know it's coming to you," while smiling.
Johnson, appearing to hide a grin himself, did end up taking the ball in isolation for the final shot, missing a jumper to send the game to its third overtime. Bucks forward Khris Middleton's basket with 1:31 left in the final period gave Milwaukee the winning points in its 122-118 victory.
Kidd was making his return to Brooklyn for the first time since he coached the Nets last season and was booed by the home fans before the game. The former Nets point guard engineered a trade to the Bucks in the offseason after failing to acquire more power within the organization.
Brooklyn then hired Lionel Hollins to replace Kidd.
Johnson, known for running isolation plays, averaged 15.8 points per game playing under Kidd in 2013-14.
The Bucks improved to 7-5 with the win Wednesday, while the Nets fell to 4-7.
- Ben Estes