Kurz hits 3 at the buzzer to lift Warriors

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Associated Press
Saturday, October 18, 2008
— Chinese basketball fans did not get to see Yi Jianlian play. Instead, Rob Kurz gave them a thrill with a buzzer-beating jumper.

Kurz hit a 3-pointer as time expired to give the Golden State Warriors a 109-108 preseason victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday.

“It was a great shot. The shot was good for China. It was good for you guys to see an NBA game go down to the wire,” Golden State’s Stephen Jackson said. “Rob is a good shooter, he knocked down the shot. The Bucks had good shooters out there, too, so it was an exciting game.”

The exhibition game was played at the arena that hosted Olympics basketball in August. It had been scheduled when Yi was still a member of the Bucks, which would have been a huge draw for the fans in Beijing. But Yi and Bobby Simmons were traded to the New Jersey Nets this summer for Richard Jefferson.

Matt Frieje gave the Bucks a 108-106 lead with a shot in the lane with 1.4 seconds to play — his only points of the game.

Kurz, who had tied it with 24 seconds left with another 3, took an inbounds pass from C.J. Watson and shot straightaway from just outside the arc. Kurz finished with 11 points, all but two from 3-point range where he finished 3-for-3.

Jackson led the Warriors (3-2) with 24 points, while Andris Biedrins had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Charlie Villaneuva led the Bucks (1-5) with 26 points and Michael Redd added 23.

The Bucks trailed 99-93 with about 6 minutes to play but pulled ahead with an 11-0 run.

The Chinese fans cheered equally for both teams, but were most enthusiastic during breaks in play when cheerleaders threw free T-shirts into the stands.

Last updated: 10:41 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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