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Crawford's last-second shot lifts Suns past Bucks, 116-114

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Phoenix Suns didn't look like the team with the second-worst record in the NBA in facing Milwaukee.

The Suns turned the tables on the league's second-best team, controlling the game from the outset and withstanding a late rally, defeating the Bucks 116-114 on Friday night on Jamal Crawford's jumper with 0.8 seconds left.

The victory gave the Suns their first road win of the season.

''We showed a lot of grit,'' said Crawford, in his 19th season. ''Everybody was so tied together. Everybody was so engaged. We were saying the right things on the bench. This seems like the most gratifying win.''

Devin Booker had 29 points, and T.J. Warren 19 for Phoenix. The Suns won for just the second time in their last nine games and ended a six-game losing streak to the Bucks.

Milwaukee lost for just the fifth time in 18 games this season.

''We came ready to play from the get-go,'' Phoenix coach Igor Kokoskov said. ''We came to compete. It was a challenging moment for us when they came back.''

Deandre Ayton credited his teammates for not folding after the Bucks stormed back to take a late fourth-quarter lead.

''It was the first time we actually answered back from a punch from another team,'' Ayton said. ''The energy on the court was insane. I just felt that we were going to win that game.''

Even so, the Bucks still nearly pulled out the victory.

After Crawford's jumper with Malcolm Brogdon draped on him, Milwaukee called a timeout. Khris Middleton, after a quick head fake, made a corner 3 after the buzzer. The call was confirmed after a brief review.

''I hesitated for some reason,'' Middleton said.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had a season-high 35 points to lead Milwaukee, and Brogdon added 22 points. The Bucks were coming off a 143-100 home victory over Portland on Wednesday night.

''We've got to be able to come out with more energy, especially with a team like that,'' Antetokounmpo said. ''When you play around with a game, the game kills you.''

Middleton tied it at 108 on a free throw for Suns coach Igor Kokoskov's technical foul. Antetokounmpo's layup put the Bucks up 110-108. Booker was whistled for a technical foul, and Middleton again converted to put Milwaukee up by three. Brogdon was fouled as he made a driving layup, and his free throw put the Bucks up by six and capped a frantic 14-0 run.

A three by Trevor Ariza pulled the Suns within three with about a minute left. Warren's traditional three-point play tied it at 114. After Antetokounmpo's turnover, Phoenix got possession of the ball with 12.2 seconds left, setting up Crawford's winner.

SECOND OPTION

Crawford wasn't the first option on the Suns' final possession. The play had been designed for Booker to get the first look. ''I got the ball and I looked for (Booker), but (Eric) Bledsoe was still on him so I didn't want to chance it, trying to get it to him,'' Crawford said. ''I'm comfortable in that situation.''

UP FOR THE CHALLENGE

Ayton said he relished the opportunity to guard Antetokounmpo late in the game. ''I'm a competitor. That stuff is in my blood. I'm a lion. I take my pride into it. I just knew we needed this stop and I got it. That's it.''

MISSING IN ACTION

Bucks' center Brook Lopez missed all 12 of his 3-point attempts, leaving coach Mike Budenholzer dumbfounded. ''It's a surprise. He's a great shooter,'' Budenholzer said. ''Some nights, it's not your night. ''I think the positive was that he kept shooting. It takes a lot of fortitude to keep shooting. We'll keep pushing him.''

TIP-INS

Suns: Made 14 of 23 shots (61 percent) in the first quarter.

Bucks: G Donte DiVincenzo missed his fourth consecutive game with a left quadriceps strain. ''I think he's close to what we had hoped but I don't have an update other than I know he's making progress in the right direction,'' coach Mike Budenholzer said.

UP NEXT

Suns: At Detroit on Sunday.

Bucks: Host San Antonio on Saturday night to wrap up a six-game homestand.

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Key Players
D. Booker
1 SG
G. Antetokounmpo
34 PF
32.9 Min. Per Game 32.9
26.3 Pts. Per Game 26.3
5.8 Ast. Per Game 5.8
12.9 Reb. Per Game 12.9
43.7 Field Goal % 57.7
42.6 Three Point % 55.9
84.8 Free Throw % 66.4
+ 2 Jamal Crawford made jump shot 0:00
  Out of bounds turnover on Giannis Antetokounmpo 0:12
  Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo 0:26
  Team rebound 0:44
  Khris Middleton missed jump shot, blocked by T.J. Warren 0:44
+ 1 T.J. Warren made free throw 0:53
  Shooting foul on Brook Lopez 0:53
+ 2 T.J. Warren made layup, assist by Jamal Crawford 0:53
  Defensive rebound by Trevor Ariza 0:56
+ 3 Trevor Ariza made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Deandre Ayton 1:17
  Defensive rebound by T.J. Warren 1:26
Team Stats
Points 116 114
Field Goals 45-90 (50.0%) 42-87 (48.3%)
3-Pointers 9-26 (34.6%) 10-44 (22.7%)
Free Throws 17-22 (77.3%) 20-30 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 50 55
Offensive 6 7
Defensive 34 36
Team 10 12
Assists 21 30
Steals 8 6
Blocks 4 7
Turnovers 11 14
Fouls 25 17
Technicals 4 0
29 PTS, 4 REB, 7 AST
35 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST
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away team logo Suns 4-14 34302725116
home team logo Bucks 13-5 30312924114
Team Stats
away team logo Suns 4-14 103.1 PPG 40.5 RPG 23.8 APG
home team logo Bucks 13-5 117.6 PPG 49.9 RPG 26.6 APG
Key Players
D. Booker SG 24.4 PPG 3.9 RPG 6.5 APG 44.8 FG%
G. Antetokounmpo PF 26.8 PPG 13.1 RPG 6.0 APG 58.9 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Booker SG 29 PTS 4 REB 7 AST
G. Antetokounmpo PF 35 PTS 10 REB 3 AST
50.0 FG% 48.3
34.6 3PT FG% 22.7
77.3 FT% 66.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Booker 39 29 4 7 3 0 3 4 13/26 1/5 2/2 0 4 47 +14
T. Warren 31 19 5 2 1 1 0 5 8/13 2/4 1/2 1 4 30 +2
D. Ayton 30 17 7 3 0 0 1 3 8/13 0/0 1/2 3 4 29 +10
T. Ariza 40 13 11 3 2 0 2 3 4/10 3/7 2/2 0 11 30 +1
M. Bridges 24 4 3 0 0 0 0 2 1/2 1/2 1/2 0 3 7 +7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Booker 39 29 4 7 3 0 3 4 13/26 1/5 2/2 0 4 47 +14
T. Warren 31 19 5 2 1 1 0 5 8/13 2/4 1/2 1 4 30 +2
D. Ayton 30 17 7 3 0 0 1 3 8/13 0/0 1/2 3 4 29 +10
T. Ariza 40 13 11 3 2 0 2 3 4/10 3/7 2/2 0 11 30 +1
M. Bridges 24 4 3 0 0 0 0 2 1/2 1/2 1/2 0 3 7 +7
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Holmes 17 12 4 0 1 2 1 2 4/4 0/0 4/5 2 2 18 -8
J. Crawford 23 11 3 2 1 0 3 2 5/13 1/3 0/0 0 3 16 -8
J. Jackson 15 11 2 1 0 1 1 3 2/4 1/1 6/7 0 2 15 -6
I. Canaan 16 0 1 3 0 0 0 1 0/5 0/4 0/0 0 1 7 -2
R. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Daniels - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. King - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Bender - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Melton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Okobo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 116 40 21 8 4 11 25 45/90 9/26 17/22 6 34 199 +10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 36 35 10 3 1 0 4 2 14/16 0/1 7/12 1 9 48 +7
M. Brogdon 30 22 3 4 1 0 0 0 8/10 3/3 3/3 1 2 34 -14
K. Middleton 29 15 6 4 1 0 4 4 4/9 2/4 5/5 0 6 26 -7
E. Bledsoe 30 12 3 7 1 1 4 3 4/9 2/6 2/4 0 3 27 -3
B. Lopez 32 7 5 0 0 4 0 3 3/17 0/12 1/2 0 5 16 -12
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 36 35 10 3 1 0 4 2 14/16 0/1 7/12 1 9 48 +7
M. Brogdon 30 22 3 4 1 0 0 0 8/10 3/3 3/3 1 2 34 -14
K. Middleton 29 15 6 4 1 0 4 4 4/9 2/4 5/5 0 6 26 -7
E. Bledsoe 30 12 3 7 1 1 4 3 4/9 2/6 2/4 0 3 27 -3
B. Lopez 32 7 5 0 0 4 0 3 3/17 0/12 1/2 0 5 16 -12
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Ilyasova 16 9 4 3 0 0 2 3 4/8 1/3 0/0 3 1 17 +5
P. Connaughton 21 8 5 2 2 2 0 0 3/7 2/6 0/0 0 5 21 +14
T. Snell 19 2 4 3 0 0 0 1 0/4 0/4 2/2 1 3 12 +7
S. Brown 8 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1/3 0/2 0/0 0 1 3 -8
T. Maker 8 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 1/4 0/3 0/2 1 0 7 -5
M. Dellavedova 6 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 5 +6
J. Henson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Wood - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. DiVincenzo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Duval - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Morris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 114 43 30 6 7 14 17 42/87 10/44 20/30 7 36 216 -10