Bucks Edge Out Warriors
Posted Dec 3 2006 2:44AM
Milwaukee 115, Golden State 110
Oakland, Dec. 2 (AP) -- Don Nelson will have to wait for his 1,200th coaching victory - again.
Although the Milwaukee Bucks had every opportunity to fold, they were unwilling to become a footnote in the history of their franchise's winningest coach.
Mo Williams scored 10 points in the fourth quarter after missing his first 12 shots of the game, and the Bucks roared from behind for an improbable 115-110 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.
Charlie Bell fell just short of his career high with 28 points for the Bucks, who ruined Nelson's second attempt to become just the second coach in NBA history with 1,200 career victories. Although Nelson has won hundreds of games for both of these franchises, he couldn't inspire his Warriors to exhibit the same poise shown by the Bucks.
``When things are not going our way, we don't get down,'' Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts said. ``We come together. We have a certain resilience. I like our competitive nature.''
The Bucks' defense has been awful all season, but Milwaukee held Golden State scoreless in the final 2:54, scoring seven straight points on free throws and Williams' go-ahead jumper with 53 seconds left.
Michael Redd scored 24 points and Ruben Patterson added 18 points and eight rebounds in the Bucks' second impressive win during their four-game road trip, following a victory over the Lakers on Tuesday night.
``We deserved this win,'' said Redd, who encouraged Williams in the second half and then hugged his fellow starting guard after the buzzer. ``I really like the effort we've put in the last three games on the road.''
Troy Murphyhit a career-high five 3-pointers while scoring 23 points for the Warriors, who finished a lengthy stretch of home games with an embarrassing collapse. Baron Davis and Monta Ellis added 19 points apiece and Davis added 11 assists.
After trailing for most of the second half, Milwaukee went ahead 108-107 with 3:09 to play on two free throws by Williams, who couldn't even make a shot until hitting a jumper midway through the fourth quarter. Ellis hit a 3-pointer to put Golden State back ahead, but Williams hit his short jumper in the lane.
``I just wanted to stay with it,'' Williams said. ``I can sleep now. Well, I can sleep with one eye open now. You've got to be mentally strong.''
After Davis missed a jumper, Williams hit one free throw and missed the second with 13.7 seconds left - but Golden State's Matt Barnes clumsily knocked the rebound out of bounds, allowing Redd to get two more free throws that put Milwaukee up by four. Andrew Bogut then drew an offensive foul to essentially end it.
Andris Biedrins had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Warriors, but Davis is displeased by his club's tendency to play to the opposition's level.
``The San Antonios and the Utahs, you're going to get up for those games,'' Davis said of the two teams beaten by Golden State on this four-game homestand. ``The challenge is bringing that same intensity and focus for teams like Indiana and Milwaukee coming in here on back-to-backs.''
Nelson, who's now in his second term on the Warriors' bench, has a long and colorful history with both franchises. While sometimes wearing ties painted to look like fish, Nelson won 540 games, seven consecutive division titles and two awards as the NBA's coach of the year in 11 seasons with the Bucks, but never claimed the championship that has eluded him to this day.
``We had some costly turnovers in the end that cost us the game,'' Nelson said. ``It's really hard to come away with the close wins when the other team gets to the (free throw) line almost twice as many times as we did.''
After barely missing the milestone in a last-second loss to Indiana on Wednesday night, Nelson probably won't get his 1,200th victory in Oakland: After playing 11 of their last 12 games at home, the Warriors play nine of their next 12 away from Oracle Arena.
Golden State swingman Jason Richardson, who left the loss to Indiana at halftime with soreness in his surgically repaired left knee, started and scored six points but sat out the fourth quarter.
Notes: Golden State G Anthony Roberson sprained his left thumb in the second quarter, but X-rays were negative. ... Milwaukee finishes its four-game road trip Monday at Utah. ... Mike Dunleavy went 0-for-6 and committed three fouls in 19 minutes for Golden State.
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