Even Milwaukee coach George Karl thought his Bucks were running out of time for a dramatic comeback. But once again, it was Glenn Robinson to the rescue.
Robinson hit his fifth game-winner of the season, a 20-footer with 3.1 seconds left that lifted Milwaukee to a 107-105 victory over Washington on Tuesday.
The Bucks overcame a 10-point deficit in the last 2:42 and the Bucks scored 13 straight points late in the game.
"I thought we were one possession from being over," said Karl, whose team snapped a four-game home losing streak to Washington.
After Washington built a 100-90 lead, Ray Allen scored 10 of the Bucks next 13 points to give Milwaukee a 103-100 lead with 29.7 left.
A 3-pointer by Rod Strickland tied the game at 105-105 with 12 seconds left. Milwaukee called a timeout to set up a play.
"Ray almost lost it so he just kicked it over to me," Robinson said. "I didn't know how much time was on the clock so I just let it go. It felt good and I was just hoping it went in."
Milwaukee inbounded the ball to Haywoode Workman. He sent a pass to Allen, who drove the lane and found Robinson for the winning shot.
"The play was basically set up for Ray and Glenn but not in that manner," Karl said. "Mitch Richmond jumped up and took away the angle to get to where we wanted to go and I think Ray made a good read."
"We wanted to open the court for Ray initially but Richmond took that away. Ray took it on his own to penetrate. Glenn was the option if Ray didn't come up with something."
Calbert Cheaney's 3-point try at the buzzer hit the backboard and then the rim.
Allen led Milwaukee with 25 points on 8-of-12 field goals to go with a game-high eight rebounds. Chris Gatling tied a season-high with 16 points.
Washington got 23 points from Richmond and a season-hgh 20 from Tracy Murray.
"It was a tough loss," Richmond said. "We had control of the basketball game. We kind of lost our focus, I guess."
After Milwaukee took its biggest lead of the game, 60-54, Murray hit two 3-pointers during a 14-2 scoring run to help give Washington a 68-62 lead with 4:48 left in the third quarter.
"When we were 10 points up, we made some awful decisions," Washington coach Bernie Bickerstaff said.
Notes: Ray Allen, Robert Traylor, Tim Thomas and Earvin Johnson wore headbands in honor of teammate Chris Gatling when the team took the floor for pre-game warm-ups. ... Rod Strickland appeared in his 750th NBA game and also registered his 6,000th assist. ... The game was Washington's fourth back-to-back set of the season. The Wizards split the three sets and have six more left.
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