Bogutís Game Winner Beats Spurs in OT
Milwaukee 109, San Antonio 107
MILWAUKEE, Dec. 20 (Ticker) -- Andrew Bogut showed you don't have to be a veteran to be clutch.
Bogut threw in a banker at the buzzer to give the Milwaukee Bucks a thrilling 109-107 overtime victory over the San Antonio Spurs, who lost consecutive games for the first time this season.
This time, Bogut did it on offense. With 0.7 seconds left, Toni Kukoc threw a lob inbounds pass to Bogut, who caught and shot in one motion. His basket brought a roar from the crowd at the Bradley Center and stunned the Spurs.
"You definitely dream about it as a kid - 'Bogut's got the ball with 3 seconds left,'" Bogut said. "It's good for your morale. ... This is my first since junior basketball. It's a great feeling.
"I haven't had a game-winner in my career, so it's a good game to start - against the world champs."
Kukoc said the play developed just as Bucks coach Terry Stotts drew it up.
"We were thinking that they would look for Mike (Redd) or Mo (Williams) or a little guy," Kukoc said. "We tried to spread the court and leave the middle open. I told Drew that if (Rasho) Nesterovic stays at the top of the key, don't make a move and have him slide with you. Let the ball go first, and then make a separation and catch and shoot. It was exactly what we tried to do."
Stotts said the way the Spurs guard the perimeter, he felt going inside was a better option than putting up a jumper.
"It's hard to get a good look with 0.7 seconds," Stotts said. "Worst-case scenario, we're going to double overtime. That was just something I thought would work. Andrew made a great catch-and-shoot. Toni put it right on the money. It was a good combination."
After Robert Horry made 1-of-2 free throws for a 107-105 lead with 20 seconds to go, Bogut's layup tied it with 14 seconds left. Spurs guard Tony Parker had a chance to win it but missed a 3-pointer.
Bogut had 19 points and nine rebounds. Williams scored 28 points and Redd added 20 and eight rebounds for the Bucks, who have won five of their last seven games.
"Andrew Bogut hurt us more than anybody did," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "He consistently went to the offensive boards and converted. He made a good, physical play at the end and won the game for them."
Tim Duncan scored 34 points and grabbed 13 rebounds but fouled out with 22 seconds left in overtime, leaving the Spurs without a shot-blocking presence. Parker added 22 points and 11 assists.
"I certainly liked our chances better when he fouled out," Stotts said.
With 19 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Bogut split two free throws, leaving the Bucks with a 100-98 lead. On the next possession, Duncan's lefthanded floater dropped to tie it with nine seconds remaining.
"(Duncan's) tough," Bogut said. "He's got so many moves - his up and under - you don't know when he will get away and shoot the fadeaway. He's good with both hands."
Duncan was impressed with the rookie forward.
"He did a great job on the offensive glass and made some big baskets for them while showing a great touch," Duncan said.
Williams, who has Milwaukee's other two buzzer-beaters this season, missed a highly contested jumper as time expired.
"That's a very good basketball team over there," Williams said. "And they played well. It's not like they came in here and had an off night. They played very well."
Milwaukee shot 60 percent (6-of-10) from 3-point range, scored 18 fast-break points and recovered from a 14-point second quarter deficit.