MILWAUKEE (AP)—Richard Jefferson scored 32 points and rookie Luc Richard Mbah a Moute added 17, making up for a missed chance in regulation and rallying the Milwaukee Bucks to a 112-104 overtime victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.
Mbah a Moute, a second-round pick, missed a shot that would have won it at the buzzer after Milwaukee overcame a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit.
But he helped on both ends in the overtime after Jefferson got it started with a dunk that gave the Bucks a 104-102 lead with 1:49 left.
After DeShawn Stevenson’s loose ball foul, Mbah a Moute drove for a layup, then grabbed a rebound when Antawn Jamison missed a short shot and hit a 12-footer with 37 seconds left to give Milwaukee a 108-102 lead.
Andrew Bogut had 10 points and 13 rebounds, and Ramon Sessions added 22 points for Milwaukee. Caron Butler scored 27 points for winless Washington, which also got 19 points and 10 rebounds from Jamison, 14 points from Nick Young and 10 points from Juan Dixon.
It appeared that the Wizards would finally get their first win with an 85-71 lead with 9:58 to play, but the Bucks, who went 8 minutes without a point and were missing Michael Redd because of an ankle injury, stormed back.
The Bucks cut it to four off a jumper by Jefferson and a dunk in transition by Mbah a Moute with 5:03 left.
Three minutes later, Bogut hit a free throw to cut it to three at 95-92 and Ridnour made an opener jumper with 1:58 to go to make it 95-94.
JaVale McGee hit the second of two free throws and Sessions tied it at 96 on a dunk with 1:16 left when Butler lost the ball trying to go behind his back.
On the Bucks’ next possession, Mbah a Moute sent a bounce pass into Bogut for a dunk for Milwaukee’s first lead since the first half. But Jamison tied it at 98 with a lay-in off a pass from Dixon with 21 seconds to go.
That set up one more chance for Milwaukee, and Ridnour got a screen and sent a pass to Mbah a Moute in the corner. Mbah a Moute pump faked, but missed a 17-footer at the buzzer that would’ve won it.
Milwaukee built a 30-12 lead in the first quarter before going cold … The Wizards’ 17-0 run straddling the first and second halves gave them a 49-39 lead early in the third quarter while Milwaukee went nearly eight minutes without a point … Coach Scott Skiles hopes Redd will play at Boston on Friday night. … Milwaukee scored nine points on 4-of-18 shooting in the second quarter, one point more than the franchise worst for a quarter.