Clyde Drexler had his back to the basket and it was 25 feet away. With just 0.9 seconds left, Drexler leaped effortlessly, turned and banked it in.
Milwaukee coach Mike Dunleavy was stunned."I'm not sure Clyde could see the basket. He just turned and fired it," Dunleavy said. "I don't even think he was trying to bank it."
Drexler finished with 36 points Sunday night as the Portland Trail Blazers beat Milwaukee 106-103, handing the Bucks their seventh straight loss. It was the lone NBA game on the schedule.
Drexler, who had 28 points in the second half, also had 11 rebounds and nine assists. Harvey Grant came off the bench to score 24 points.
Glenn Robinson led Milwaukee with 25 points and Eric Murdock had 20, including 16 in a fourth-quarter rally that allowed Milwaukee to tie the game at 103 in the final seconds.
After a timeout, James Robinson inbounded to Drexler on the left side. The All-Star guard spun in the air and sank his 3-point shot.
Portland led 100-92 with 1:39 left, but Murdock's two free throws with 14 seconds left closed the gap to 102-100. Grant then made one of two free throws and Vin Baker sank a 24-footer to tie the game at 103.
Trailing 63-50 five minutes into the third period, the Blazers had a 20-6 run to close out the quarter.
"Playing that hard in the opening minutes of the third quarter set the tone for the rest of the game," Portland coach P.J. Carlesimo. "We worked our full court press every effectively, but it was the fact that we were playing hard that brought us back."
Drexler had 14 points in the run and Grant's two free throws with 24 seconds left gave Portland its first lead of the game.
"P.J. kept asking me if I was tired, but the pace was so slow in the first half," Drexler said.
"We wanted to pick the tempo up so we went to that press and it really worked great," he said. "It forced them into some turnovers, it got the crowd into it, and made them rush some shots. And it didn't make us tired."
Drexler continued his scoring streak at the start of the fourth, getting eight of the Blazers' first 12 points. His 3-point field goal with 9:18 left gave the Blazers an 82-74 lead.
Guard Steve Henson, who came off the bench for 13 points, hit a 3-pointer and a free throws with 7:42 left to give Portland an 86-76 lead, its biggest of the game.
Milwaukee built its biggest lead with 2:36 left in the first half, 50-37.