Wizards lose at buzzer

Williams' final three-pointer sends Bucks to 105-102 victory

Pro Basketball

December 03, 2005

WASHINGTON -- Maurice 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 period, including a three-pointer as time expired, to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 105-102 victory over the Washington Wizards last 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 three. 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."

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. 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."

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 charge on Arenas with 13 seconds left, setting up Williams' game-winner.

Arenas scored 30 or more points for the seventh time this season. Antawn Jamison added 15 points and nine rebounds.

"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."

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