WASHINGTON – Maurice Williams scored 14 of his career-high 32 points in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer, to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 105-102 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.

Williams began his scoring outburst with a jumper that gave the Bucks an 88-86 lead with 7:05 remaining. He launched the last of his 21 shots with 1.2 seconds remaining, and the final horn sounded as the ball passed through the bottom of the net.

Washington’s Caron Butler matched his season-high with 27 points and made two free throws with 1:05 left that tied the game at 100-all. Williams responded with a tough runner off the glass that gave the Bucks a 102-100 lead with 49 seconds remaining.

Gilbert Arenas, who led the Wizards with 34 points, tied it at 102 with a layup with 43 seconds left. Bucks center Jamaal Magloire missed a hook shot 10 seconds later, but teammate T.J. Ford drew a charge on Arenas with 13 seconds left, setting up Williams’ game-winner.

Williams shot 15-for-21 from the field, including 5-for-7 from 3-point range.

Magloire had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Bucks. Michael Redd added 16 points.

Arenas scored 30 or more points for seventh time this season. Antawn Jamison added 15 points and nine rebounds, just missing his seventh straight double-double.

Toni Kukoc capped an 11-2 run with a 3-pointer that gave the Bucks an 82-73 lead early in the fourth quarter. The Wizards responded with an 11-2 run, capped by Arenas’ driving layup that tied it at 84 with 8:14 left.

Arenas scored the Wizards’ first eight points of the second half.

The Bucks kept pace behind Williams, who scored nine points in the first eight minutes of the third quarter. Magloire’s slam gave the Bucks a 72-71 lead late in the third.

The Wizards, who shot 60 percent in the first half, took their first lead on Jamison’s three-point play with 1.5 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Arenas blocked a turnaround jumper by Charlie Bell at the buzzer and Washington led 56-55 at halftime.

Arenas and Jamison each shot 6-of-9 in the first half.

The Bucks led 49-39 on Bell’s layup with 10:18 remaining in the second quarter.

Notes: Wizards forward Michael Ruffin missed the game with tendinitis in his right knee. … Bobby Simmons missed the game with a sprained right ankle and Joe Smith was out with a sore left knee. … On the eighth anniversary of the opening of MCI Center in downtown Washington, the Wizards celebrated owner Abe Pollin’s 82nd birthday, which is Saturday. The Wizards’ home arena opened 24 years to the day after the Capital Centre, their previous home in Landover, Md. … Entering Friday’s play, Arenas ranked third in the league in 3-pointers (39), fourth in scoring average (26.6) and fifth in minutes (40.6).

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