MILWAUKEE (TICKER) —Gary Payton hit a 3-pointer with three seconds left in regulation and Sam Cassell made five free throws in the final 18 seconds of overtime as the Milwaukee Bucks rallied for a 138-133 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
Payton finished with 10 assists and 28 points, the most he has had since he was acquired from Milwaukee three weeks ago. Cassell scored seven of his 28 points in overtime and dished out 13 assists as Milwaukee overcame a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit.
“It was a great win, great character on our team to stay with it and make the plays, and to win it in overtime, it’s a big win for us,” Bucks coach George Karl said. “It’s kind of fun, I always felt we had a chance to win it. I thought we would do it with a little more defense instead of making (10) threes.”
Antawn Jamison’s basket gave the Warriors a 102-85 lead with 10:18 left in the fourth quarter, but the Bucks outscored them, 34-17, down the stretch and forged a 119-119 tie with 54 seconds to go on a layup by Michael Redd.
“They made a lot of threes during that stretch,” Golden State coach Eric Musselman said. “They have a lot of guys who can do that, and they did. It is hard to beat 41 points (in the fourth quarter) on the road, but you look at their team and they have a lot of veterans who make big shots.”
Earl Boykins hit a jumper with 39 seconds to go to put Golden State ahead and Jamison made the first of two free throws to give the Warriors a three-point advantage.
“He has been doing that all season,” Jamison said. “We knew exactly what he was going to do there, we knew he could hit that big shot.”
But Payton used a screen to drain the tying 3-pointer.
“Me and Sam had eye contact,” he said. “Sam told me to pop out and Toni (Kukoc) was looking and set the pick. I got a wide-open look at it and shot the ball.”
“We got a little relaxed defensively and that is when they came back,” Jamison said. “They got a lot of veterans who are going to hit clutch shots. Gary Payton’s shot was a huge shot.”
Troy Murphy inbounded to Boykins, but the 5-5 guard fell into the backcourt, giving the ball back to Milwaukee. The Bucks could not get off a good shot off and the game went to overtime.
“Guys made tough shots and we stepped up to play at the end,” Redd said. “We did play some good defense, and the thing was, they were hot.”
Tim Thomas gave Milwaukee the lead for good with a dunk 59 seconds into the extra period and a layup by Kukoc provided the Bucks with 127-123 advantage with 3:28 left.
Jamison made a pair of free throws with 22 seconds remaining to get Golden State within 131-130, but Cassells converted 3-of-4 from the line. After Gilbert Arenas made 1-of-2 free throws, Thomas put the Bucks up, 136-131, with six seconds to go.
Two free throws by Jamison pulled the Warriors within three points with two seconds remaining, but Cassell sealed the victory with a pair of free throws with nine-tenths of a second left.
“After coming off back-to-back games, we knew the biggest enemy would be us,” Cassell said. “The composure we showed tonight was what this team needed.”
“We stuck in there, but Sam Cassell and Gary Payton will always find ways to win,” said Warriors guard Jason Richardson, who had 22 points before fouling out. “We have to take this loss and get ready to play Detroit tomorrow.”
Redd scored 22 points and Thomas finished with 21 and nine rebounds for the Bucks, who extended their winning streak against the Warriors to seven games. They have not lost to Golden State since February 12, 2000 and have won 14 of the last 17 meetings.
“They came out and fought their hearts out,” Thomas said. “And for us, we needed this win, especially at home. It was just a dogfight.”
Milwaukee moved into a seventh-place tie with Orlando in the Eastern Conference.
Jamison totaled a season-high 40 points and Arenas had 30, but the Warriors have lost two in a row following a six-game winning streak. They fell 3 1/2 games behind Phoenix for the final playoff berth in the West.
Golden State seemingly took control with a 17-2 run in the second quarter, erasing a three-point deficit and taking a 57-45 lead 52 seconds before halftime. The Warriors maintained a comfortable advantage through the third quarter and most of the fourth.
Desmond Mason scored 19 points and Kukoc contributed 17 as the Bucks shot 48 percent (56-of-116) and were outrebounded, 52-46.
Murphy pulled down a career-high 22 rebounds to go with 12 points for the Warriors, who shot 53 percent but surrendered 21 points off 21 turnovers.