NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at Washington
(Wednesday, January 3rd)
Final Score: Washington 108, Milwaukee 105
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Gilbert Arenas again put the Washington Wizards on his back, scoring 32 points, including the game-winning three- pointer as the buzzer sounded to lift Washington to a 108-105 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Arenas fell two assists shy of a triple-double, with eight to go along with 11 rebounds. Caron Butler scored 29 points and tallied a career-high nine assists, and Antawn Jamison scored 22 points and grabbed nine boards as Washington won its sixth in seven games.
Michael Redd led Milwaukee with 27 points, and Maurice Williams scored 24 for the Bucks, who had won seven of eight coming into the game. Charlie Bell scored 14 points and Ruben Patterson added 12 points for the Bucks.
Brendan Haywood missed two free throws that could have broken the 105-105 tie with 52.6 points left in regulation. Milwaukee's Bell then missed a jumper with 31 seconds left, but Andrew Bogut grabbed the board, giving the Bucks another shot at the win. Bell again missed, and Jamison pulled down the rebound with six seconds left and got the ball to Arenas, who dribbled up the court.
There was never a question as to who would take the final shot, and the Wizards' star squared up from well beyond the line and drilled the straight- away three as the horn sounded, lifting Washington to victory.
"We were not going to run a play at the end of the game," said Arenas. "The play was to get up the court and get a good shot."
The Wizards had trailed 82-78 entering the fourth quarter, but the final 12 minutes of the nip-and-tuck affair were back and forth, with neither team leading by more than six points the rest of the way.
Milwaukee briefly opened up a nine-point advantage in the third quarter, with a Redd layup putting the Bucks up 78-69 with 5:28 left. The Wizards closed the gap, though, and a Butler jumper with 26 seconds left brought Washington to within 82-78.
"We knew it was going to be a hard-fought game," said Arenas. "Everybody came off the bench and did a great job for us."
Washington led 30-28 after one quarter of play, but the Bucks took 59-56 lead into halftime.
The Bucks have lost three straight and five of six in Washington...The Wizards have won five straight at home, where they are 12-3 on the season...Washington has beaten Milwaukee in three of their last four meetings...The Wizards topped the 100-point mark for the 15th straight game.
01/03 23:07:09 ET