Friday, January 15, 2010

Jennings, Bucks hang on to beat Warriors 113-104

Milwaukee Bucks' Luke Ridnour, left, and Brandon Jennings celebrate during the final seconds of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
The Associated Press 

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Brandon Jennings scored 25 points, including a pivotal 3-pointer with 18.9 seconds left, Andrew Bogut added 15 points and 16 rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks held on to beat Golden State 113-104 on Friday night.
The Warriors, who entered the game with just eight players in uniform, lost Anthony Morrow to a knee injury and had three others foul out, leaving coach Don Nelson with only four players. Under NBA rules, Stephen Curry - the last Golden State player to foul out - was allowed to return for the final four seconds.
Reserve Luke Ridnour had 15 points and eight rebounds and Hakim Warrick added 15 points for the Bucks (16-21).
Monta Ellis had 33 points and eight assists and Corey Maggette added 32 points and nine rebounds for Golden State (11-27), which lost its third straight.
Jennings, who scorched Golden State for an NBA-high 55 points when the two teams met in November, struggled with his shot most of the night but grabbed a key rebound in the final minute before making a 3-pointer to give the Bucks a 108-102 lead.
Ellis scored on a quick layup, but Ridnour made a pair of free throws to seal the win for Milwaukee, which snapped a three-game losing streak.
It didn't come easy despite the Warriors playing short-handed all night.
Golden State guard C.J. Watson sat out with a cut between the first and second fingers on his right hand, Ronny Turiaf was in street clothes due to a sprained right ankle, and Vladimir Radmanovic is sidelined with a sore Achilles tendon in his right foot.
Watson spoke with reporters before the game and said he expects to be out 1-2 weeks. As he talked, injured forward Anthony Randolph walked in with the aid of crutches with his left foot in a boot. Randolph injured his ankle in the Warriors' 108-101 win over Sacramento on Jan. 8 and may not return for another two months.

That left Golden State coach Don Nelson with only three players on his bench to start the game: a pair of Development League call-ups and 11-year veteran Devean George. That number was down to one after Anthony Morrow suffered a sprained right knee in the first quarter and Chris Hunter fouled out with 5:16 left in the third.
Even with a thinned-out bench, the Warriors led by four late in the third quarter before the Bucks closed the period with an 11-2 run to take an 84-79 lead into the fourth quarter.
Milwaukee pushed its lead to nine early in the fourth quarter and was ahead 100-92 on a Warrick free throw with 6:08 left to play before Golden State made its final push.
Maggette's layup with 1:04 remaining cut the Bucks' lead to 105-102. After Andris Biedrins fouled out with 51 seconds left, Jennings made his key 3-pointer.
Curry then fouled out for Golden State with four seconds left but stayed in the game because the Warriors had no other players to use.
NOTES: It's the 13th time this season the Warriors have played with nine or fewer players in uniform. ... Milwaukee's road trip is the team's longest since 2001.


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