Brandon Knight sank a pair of clutch shots to help the Milwaukee Bucks escape with a 109-105 overtime victory over Washington on Friday night at the Verizon Center. One was a smooth three-pointer on a clean look with 15.1 seconds left in regulation, tying the score at 102-102. And the second shot was a 20-foot fadeaway with 22.1 seconds left in overtime, pushing the Bucks to a three-point lead. But everyone in the Bucks locker room wanted to talk about defense. And why not? Milwaukee (4-15) held the Wizards (9-10) without a field goal in the overtime period and also tightly defended a final Washington possession in regulation. It was that effort that led the Bucks to their first overtime victory this season after earlier extra-time defeats to the Wizards in Milwaukee and at Philadelphia. "I think we've given away a lot of wins; we've gifted a lot of teams this year," Knight said. "Just to see our growth from one week to the next, because we were in this same situation last week at home (against Washington). "Guys really manned up in that overtime and got down and guarded the ball." The Bucks spoiled a sterling effort by Wizards point guard John Wall, who had 30 points and eight assists and led Washington's comeback from a 13-point halftime deficit. But the Bucks had plenty of heroes, too. Khris Middleton scored a career-best 29 points as he continued his red-hot shooting, and center John Henson scored 19 points and grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds. "Khris can really shoot the ball," Bucks coach Larry Drew said of the second-year player from Texas A&M, who arrived along with Knight in a trade with Detroit during the off-season. "He has shown the ability to make shots; he has shown the ability to take it off the dribble. He's a guy that when he gets his feet set, every shot he takes you think is going in. "He just allowed the game to come to him. And when he got his hands on it and got good looks, he let it go." The only points the Wizards scored in overtime came when O.J. Mayo fouled Trevor Ariza on a three-point attempt. Ariza made all three foul shots to cut Milwaukee's lead to 106-105. But Knight hit his jumper and he and Mayo combined to force a key turnover on the Wizards next possession when Ariza and Wall collided and the ball went out of bounds. "Me and O.J. were on the same page," Knight said. "We wanted to really get into them and make sure they didn't get off a three, an easy look.
Brandon Knight's play helps Bucks grab overtime victory over Wizards
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Dec 7