Williams’ buzzer-beater lifts Bucks past Wizards
=== Williams’ buzzer-beater lifts Bucks past Wizards ===
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Maurice Williams drilled a deep three-
pointer at the buzzer, as Milwaukee edged Washington, 105-102, in an exciting
game at MCI Center.
Williams ended with a career-high 35 points, including 17 in the fourth
quarter, while Jamaal Magloire added 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Bucks,
who have won two straight games.
Michael Redd, who missed Tuesday’s game with a right quadriceps contusion,
finished with 16 points in the win.
Gilbert Arenas netted 34 points and Caron Butler posted 27 for the Wizards,
who have dropped two of their past three contests.
“It was a very competitive game,” said Washington head coach Eddie Jordan.
Trailing by four after three quarters, Washington tied the score at 84-84 on
Arenas’ layup with 8:05 remaining and took a one-point lead minutes later.
Arenas later drained a pair of free throws to put the Wizards ahead 93-90, but
Milwaukee scored 10 of the next 13 points, capped by Magloire’s layup, to grab
a 100-96 lead with 2:20 to play. Williams scored the other eight points during
the quick run.
“He (Williams) was on a nice little roll,” Milwaukee head coach Terry Stotts
Butler, though, hit two foul shots with 1:05 left and it brought Washington
even at 100 apiece. After each team scored on its next possession, Magloire
missed a jump hook with 32 seconds left.
Arenas was then called for an offensive foul and the Bucks took advantage of
the final opportunity as Williams drained a long three-pointer that dropped
through the net as time expired.
“They had a foul to give,” said Williams. “I thought they were going to foul
me, so that is why I didn’t attack the basket. When I saw they weren’t going
to foul me, I decided to shoot the three-pointer. If I hit it we win, if I
miss we are going to overtime. I got a good look. I crossed over to get some
separation from the defender and the shot went in.”
The Wizards trailed 33-27 after one quarter, but came back in the second and
carried a 56-55 edge into the locker room.
Milwaukee still trailed by one point late in the third quarter, but scored the
final five points of the period to hold a 77-73 advantage after 36 minutes.
Milwaukee made 49 percent of its shots and the Wizards hit on 51 percent of
their attempts…T.J. Ford and Charlie Bell both scored 10 in the win…Antawn
Jamison scored 15 points and grabbed nine boards in the loss…The Bucks have
won eight of their last 12 in the nation’s capital.