Monta Ellis just ran.
He didn't even see the fortuitous bounce that sunk his buzzer beating 3-pointer to give the Bucks a 110-107 victory in Houston on Wednesday night.
With Brandon Jennings stuck near the sideline and cut off by Jeremy Lin, Ellis popped up to bail him out. Catching the ball while twisting around and elevating over the 6-foot-9 Chandler Parsons, Ellis sunk the 27-footer to give the Bucks a 2-0 trip to Texas.
The play was reviewed, but Ellis was already off to celebrate the improbable shot in the locker room.
"I was ready for it the whole time," Ellis said. "Even if we didn't get a shot off, we were going to go into overtime. I didn't want to go into overtime, I was winded. We fought hard and came out with the win. The buzzer went off when it was rolling around the rim. There was no need for me to come back out."
After Rockets guard James Harden tied the game with a layup in traffic with 34 seconds left, Milwaukee missed two shots but got offensive rebounds from Ersan Ilyasova and Ellis to be able to hold for the final shot.
Bucks coach Jim Boylan sarcastically said it was exactly the way he drew it up, but the Bucks winning was ultimately what mattered, no matter how improvisational it was.
"I could have used a timeout, but I didn't want to let their defense get set," Boylan said. "We had it, were in position and went flat right there to get the last shot. Brandon kind of stumbled and Monta came and bailed him out right there and let it go."
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