Milwaukee 94, Seattle 93

MILWAUKEE, Dec. 12 (AP) -- Andrew Bogut knows the outcome could have been different, and he'll take it.

Bogut had 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists and hit what proved to be the game-winning free throw with 1:14 remaining to lead the Milwaukee Bucks past the Seattle SuperSonics 94-93 Tuesday night.

``It was a coin toss,'' Bogut said. ``We knuckled up and played good 'D' and got the win, but it could have gone either way. I guess we got lucky, but we have been very unlucky in some games in these situations, too.''

Michael Redd had 22 points and Ruben Patterson added 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting for Milwaukee, which won despite hitting on just one of its 13 3-point attempts.

Rashard Lewis led Seattle with 26 points, as the Sonics lost for the first time in four games without leading scorer Ray Allen, out with a bone bruise in his right foot.

Chris Wilcox added 16 points, and Damien Wilkins had 15 for Seattle. The Sonics had six players in double figures and made 51.3 percent of their field goals in the first game of a five-game, seven-day road trip.

The Bucks took their first lead of the second half with 3:35 remaining and had to hold on as Luke Ridnour missed a desperation 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded.

``We had control of the game most of the game,'' said Ridnour, who had 12 points and eight assists but six turnovers. ``We got all the stops we needed, just had a couple of balls go in and out and just weren't able to finish it.''

Charlie Villanueva, in his third game back from an elbow injury, returned to the starting lineup for Milwaukee and scored 15 points, including two key baskets down the stretch.

Milwaukee trailed much of the second half but took its first lead after halftime when Patterson found Villanueva open on the baseline for a dunk, and he was fouled. Villanueva made the free throw.

Villaneuva's jumper made it 93-92 Bucks with three minutes remaining before Nick Collison was fouled trying to dunk with 1:29 left. He made one of two free throws to tie it at 93.

On Milwaukee's next possession, Collison fouled Bogut hard on a layup attempt, and Bogut made the second of two free throws with 1:14 left for the final margin.

Seattle came up empty on its next two possessions with a turnover and Collison's missed jumper, giving the Bucks the ball back with 24.2 seconds left. Milwaukee ran down the shot clock, and Villaneuva missed a jumper with three seconds left. Seattle rebounded with 2.5 seconds remaining and called timeout.

Ridnour had trouble fighting through a double team and did not get a clean look at the basket as he hoisted a 22-footer that barely hit the rim.

Officially, Ridnour got the shot off with 0.3 seconds left, but it appeared to come after the buzzer.

``It was supposed to be a lob to Rashard, but as soon as I got it they just trapped it,'' Ridnour said. ``So I had to try to get out of there and just get something up.''

Seattle made 51.3 percent of its shots, but had 19 turnovers. Patterson had four steals as Milwaukee won its third straight home game after starting the year 2-4 at the Bradley Center.

``It was a gutsy win, no matter how you look at it,'' said Bucks guard Mo Williams, who had 12 points and nine assists.

The game was close throughout, and both teams shot well early. Lewis made 7-of-8 field goals for 15 points in the first quarter. Backup forward Johan Petro helped the Sonics to a 52-50 halftime lead, sinking all six of his shots and scoring 12 points in the second period - three shy of his career high.

The Sonics shot 55.8 percent in the first half, but Milwaukee's defense was the key late.

``I hope we can bottle that for a while,'' Bucks coach Terry Stotts said.

Notes: Reserve Sonics guard Earl Watson left the game in the second quarter with a lower back contusion and did not return. He will be a gametime decision in Wednesday's game against the Chicago Bulls, the team said. ... Wilkins, who scored 22 points in Seattle's victory over Golden State Sunday, started in place of Allen. ... Patterson hit his first 3-pointer of the season in four attempts in the first quarter.

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