Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 3)

Series starts 12/2

Game 1: Friday, December 2nd
Game 2: Wednesday, April 12th
Game 3: Tuesday, April 18th

Bucks 105

(8-6, 4-4 away)

Wizards 102

(7-8, 4-3 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 2, 2005

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 33 22 22 28105
    WSH 27 29 17 29102

    Top Performers

    Milwaukee: M. Williams 35 Pts, 3 Reb, 6 Ast

    Washington: G. Arenas 34 Pts, 1 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Williams nets career-high 32, hits buzzer-beater for win

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mo Williams capped his career scoring performance with a game-winner at the buzzer.

    Williams scored 14 of his career-best 35 points in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer as time expired, to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 105-102 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.

    "I thought they were going to foul, so that's why I attacked," Williams said of his initial move to the basket after the Bucks inbounded with 13 seconds remaining. "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 3. Make sure I get it off, get a good look. I miss, we go to overtime.' I got a good look. ... It's 50-50, either you're going to miss it or you're going to make it. I was in a zone."

    Williams began his scoring outburst with a jumper that gave the Bucks an 88-86 lead with 7:05 remaining. He launched the last of his 21 shots with 1.2 seconds remaining, and the final horn sounded as his 27-footer passed through the bottom of the net.

    "He was on fire," said Gilbert Arenas, who led Washington with 34 points. "He was 28-feet away and he hit it with (Chucky Atkins) in his face. There aren't too many people who can hit that shot."

    Williams swished a buzzer-beater from 29 feet to beat Indiana on Nov. 12 at Milwaukee.

    Washington's Caron Butler matched his season-high with 27 points and made two free throws with 1:05 left that tied the game at 100-all. Williams responded with a tough runner off the glass that gave the Bucks a 102-100 lead with 49 seconds remaining.

    "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."

    "He had it going," Arenas added. "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."

    Even Arenas, however, did not think Williams' last shot would fall.

    "It was great defense," Arenas said. "I didn't think he was going to make it from 28-feet out. I just didn't see it going in."

    Arenas tied it at 102 with a layup with 43 seconds left. Bucks center Jamaal Magloire missed a hook shot 10 seconds later, but teammate T.J. Ford drew a questionable charge on Arenas with 13 seconds left, setting up Williams' game-winner.

    "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."

    Bucks coach Terry Stotts saw the play another way.

    "I think that the charge that T.J. took on Arenas was a huge play," he 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."

    Williams shot 15-for-21 from the field, including 5-for-7 from 3-point range.

    Magloire had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Bucks. Michael Redd added 16 points.

    Arenas scored 30 or more points for the seventh time this season. Antawn Jamison added 15 points and nine rebounds, just missing his seventh straight double-double.

    "It's just a matter of time before we start clicking," Jamison said. "We're still working a lot of new guys. We'll be fine."

    Toni Kukoc capped an 11-2 run with a 3-pointer that gave the Bucks an 82-73 lead early in the fourth quarter. The Wizards responded with an 11-2 run, capped by Arenas' driving layup that tied it at 84 with 8:14 left.

    Arenas scored the Wizards' first eight points of the second half.

    The Bucks kept pace behind Williams, who scored nine points in the first eight minutes of the third quarter. Magloire's slam gave the Bucks a 72-71 lead late in the third.

    The Wizards, who shot 60 percent in the first half, took their first lead on Jamison's three-point play with 1.5 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Arenas blocked a turnaround jumper by Charlie Bell at the buzzer and Washington led 56-55 at halftime.

    Game notes

    Wizards forward Michael Ruffin missed the game with tendinitis in his right knee. ... Bobby Simmons missed the game with a sprained right ankle and Joe Smith was out with a sore left knee. ... On the eighth anniversary of the opening of MCI Center in downtown Washington, the Wizards celebrated owner Abe Pollin's 82nd birthday, which is Saturday. The Wizards' home arena opened 24 years to the day after the Capital Centre, their previous home in Landover, Md. ... Entering Friday's play, Arenas ranked third in the league in 3-pointers (39), fourth in scoring average (26.6) and fifth in minutes (40.6).

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 105 102
    FGM-FGA 44-89 (.494) 41-80 (.513)
    3PM-3PA 8-19 (.421) 5-14 (.357)
    FTM-FTA 9-16 (.563) 15-23 (.652)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-43 8-41
    Assists 28 19
    Turnovers 10 12
    Steals 6 7
    Blocks 3 5
    Fast Break Points 14 11
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (1/0) 17 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 10 5

    Top Performers

    Mo Williams Williams
    Points: 35
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Gilbert Arenas Arenas
    Points: 34
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1