Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 3/25

Game 1: Friday, March 25th
Game 2: Wednesday, March 30th

Bucks 117

(27-41, 7-28 away)

Warriors 118

(24-45, 13-20 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:30 PM ET, March 25, 2005

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    MIL 27 19 32 27 12117
    GS 20 27 34 24 13118

    Top Performers

    Mil: D. Mason 32 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast

    GS: B. Davis 29 Pts, 5 Reb, 11 Ast, 1 Stl

    Fisher's 3 forces OT; G-State wins 4 of 5

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- So what if Derek Fisher isn't starting for the Golden State Warriors any more? The veteran guard is all about finishing -- and one of the NBA's better clutch shooters did it again.

    Fisher made a 3-pointer at the overtime buzzer, and the Warriors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 118-117 Friday night for their fourth victory in five games.

    Fisher's perfect shot from a spot in front of the Warriors' bench capped the exhilarating final minutes of the fourth quarter and overtime, which featured 12 lead changes and countless clutch baskets.

    Fisher hadn't played in overtime until the final possession, when he took a pass from Jason Richardson and buried just his second field goal of the night. The final play was designed for Baron Davis or Richardson, but Fisher has the steadiest left hand on the team -- and a keen sense of the importance of such shots.

    "You're not in that position many times," Fisher said. "Even all the highlights you've seen of Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson and guys that hit all types of game-winners -- it's the same ones over and over. It's not 100 of them. You're talking four, five, six times when you're in that position ... and it's just a great feeling."

    Though Fisher ceded his starting spot to Davis recently, the longtime Lakers guard's veteran skills still are important to Golden State -- and Fisher still has a flair for last-second heroics.

    His buzzer-beating jumper for Los Angeles in last season's playoffs -- one of the greatest shots in that franchise's history -- jump-started the Lakers' second-round series victory over San Antonio.

    "You feel great for yourself, but larger than that, you feel great for the team," Fisher said. "No matter who it is that makes the shot, it's a great feeling when the team wins that way."

    Michael Redd, who scored 33 points, put Milwaukee up by two on a running jumper with 4.9 seconds to play. Despite several late rallies, the Bucks lost their eighth straight road game -- and Redd could only throw the ball the length of the court in disgust while the Warriors mobbed Fisher.

    "That's what he's done all of his career -- make big shots, big plays at the buzzer," Redd said. "We really couldn't get mad at ourselves. We played a heck of a game. He just hit a shot, a big shot."

    Davis had 29 points and 11 assists for the Warriors, and Richardson added 24 points -- all in regulation.

    Desmond Mason scored 25 of his season-high 32 points in the second half for Milwaukee, but he also was held scoreless in overtime.

    In an improbably tense game between two losing teams with no hope of a playoff berth, Fisher's game-winner capped a frenetic finish that began with six quick lead changes in the fourth quarter.

    Golden State went up 105-101 on Troy Murphy's driving layup with 1:38 left in regulation, but Smith hit a jumper and Zaza Pachulia made two tying free throws with 11.7 seconds to play. Richardson got the Warriors' last shot, but his jumper was short.

    "It was a great victory, but we can't afford to continue to play poorly on the defensive end and expect late-game heroics," Davis said. "We have to start relying on defense more importantly to win us some games down the stretch, instead of having to come up with big shot after big shot."

    Milwaukee went ahead 113-109 in overtime on Redd's 3-pointer and Smith's free throws, but Mickael Pietrus -- who finished with 18 points -- and Davis converted three-point plays, with Davis putting Golden State up by two with 1:05 to play.

    After Smith tied it again with a jumper, Murphy and Richardson missed open 3-pointers before Redd's big shot -- and Fisher's bigger shot.

    Richardson finished with eight assists, but none was bigger than his serendipitous pass to Fisher.

    "When I jumped in the air, I had to look for somebody, because they weren't calling fouls," Richardson said. "Fish was open. I gave him the ball and let him take care of business."

    Mo Williams had 17 points and eight assists for the Bucks, who finish up this brutal road trip Saturday at Utah -- their fifth game in seven nights. Milwaukee is 0-14 on the road this season against Western Conference teams, and the Jazz are their only remaining West foe.

    "It was a tough way to lose," Milwaukee coach Terry Porter said. "We've had four or five of those buzzer-beaters this year, those walk-off losses. They're tough. ... I can't even think about home yet. I'm still thinking about this game."

    Game notes

    Seven years after Smith left Golden State, the disappointing former No. 1 overall draft pick still gets booed in Oakland. ... The clubs meet again Wednesday at the Bradley Center. ... Warriors G Calbert Cheaney missed his sixth straight game with a sprained right ankle.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 117 118
    FGM-FGA 43-85 (.506) 45-92 (.489)
    3PM-3PA 6-14 (.429) 11-31 (.355)
    FTM-FTA 25-31 (.806) 17-28 (.607)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-48 14-36
    Assists 25 28
    Turnovers 21 13
    Steals 5 10
    Blocks 2 5
    Fast Break Points 6 17
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (0/0) 34 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 11 7

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Desmond Mason Mason
    Points: 32
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Baron Davis Davis
    Points: 29
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 11
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0