Williams Wins Game With 3-Pointer at Horn
Milwaukee 105, Washington 102
WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (Ticker) -- Maurice Williams did a remarkable impersonation of Gilbert Arenas.
Williams scored a career-high 35 points, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer that gave the Milwaukee Bucks a 105-102 victory over Arenas and the Washington Wizards.
Williams scored 17 points in the final seven-plus minutes, including 12 straight for Milwaukee during one stretch. The third-year guard upstaged Arenas, the All-Star guard who scored 34 points and once again tried to will Washington to victory.
A driving layup by Arenas gave the Wizards a 102-102 tie with 43 seconds remaining. But he was called for a charge on the next trip, setting the stage for Williams.
"I looked at it five times and it wasn't even close to a charge," Arenas said. "He pulled my arm and I came to a jump-stop. He was falling already. So if you're the ref and you're behind me, it looks like I pushed him, so it was just the angle."
"I think that the charge that T.J. (Ford) took on Arenas was a huge play," Bucks coach Terry Stotts said. "He stuck his chest in there, and at that time of the game to get a big play like that was all the difference."
With the clock winding down, Williams dribbled well above the arc on the right side, making a move before pulling back. He let loose with a 28-footer over Chucky Atkins that banged in as time expired, silencing the crowd at the MCI Center.
"I thought they were going to foul, so that's why I attacked," Williams said. "When I kind of backed it out, I saw they weren't going to foul me, so I thought, 'When I shoot this, I am going to shoot a three. Make sure I get it off, get a good look. I miss, we go to overtime.' I got a good look.
"I kind of crossed over a little bit to get some distance so I could get up on the three because to shoot a deep three you really have to gather yourself a little bit. It's 50-50, either you're going to miss it or you're going to make it. I was in a zone."
Arenas, who has made more than his share of clutch shots, did not think Williams' last shot would find the net.
"He was on fire," Arenas said. "He was 28 feet away and he hit it with (Atkins) in his face. There aren't too many people who can hit that shot."
It was the second buzzer-beater of the season for Williams, who beat Indiana with a long running 3-pointer on November 12.
"He had it going," Arenas said. "When you're in that zone, there's nothing really the defense can do. You try to trap him. You try this and you try that, but when you're feeling it like that, you're just feeling it. It doesn't matter who's sticking you because everything looks good."
Jamaal Magloire had 17 points and 13 rebounds and Michael Redd scored 16 points for the Bucks, who have won two in a row following a two-game slide. Ford had 10 points and nine assists.
Caron Butler scored a season-high 27 points off the bench and Antawn Jamison added 15 for the Wizards, who shot 51 percent (41-of-80) but lost for the seventh time in nine games.
"It's just a matter of time before we start clicking," Jamison said. "We're still working in a lot of new guys. We'll be fine."
Arenas teamed with Butler to score all the points in an 11-2 run that forged an 84-84 tie with 8:14 to go. The teams traded baskets before Williams took over with a drive, a pull-up jumper and a pair of 3-pointers around another jumper in just over four minutes.
"He got in one of those rhythms where he was making shots from everywhere," Butler said. "Guys were playing good defense and trying to get him to get rid of the ball, but he got in one of those grooves where he was just making every shot."
On the next possession, Williams found Magloire with a lob pass for a layup and a 100-96 lead with 2:26 to go. A layup by Arenas and two free throws by Butler tied it before Williams drove for another layup with 49 seconds left.
The Wizards trailed for virtually the entire first half and by as many as 10 points before Jamison scored eight in the final three minutes to provide a 56-55 lead.