Bucks visit Wizards at MCI Center
(Sports Network) – The Washington Wizards try to make it two straight wins
this evening when they continue their three-game homestand against the
Milwaukee Bucks at the MCI Center.
The Wizards kicked off their homestand in winning fashion on Wednesday, as
Gilbert Arenas poured in a game-high 28 points and Antawn Jamison added 20
points and 15 rebounds to pace Washington to a 96-89 win over the Portland
Jarvis Hayes scored 13 points and converted a clutch three-point play late in
the game for the Wizards, who have won two of their last three games. Brendan
Haywood had 13 points and Caron Butler added 12 off the bench in the win.
Joel Przybilla’s basket pulled Portland within 91-89, but Arenas nailed a jump
shot and Hayes converted a three-point play, giving the Wizards a 96-89 edge
with 18.8 seconds on the clock to seal the victory.
Washington, which will conclude its stand on Tuesday versus the lowly Toronto
Raptors, is 4-2 in its arena this season.
Milwaukee also enters tonight’s tilt on a winning note after Andrew Bogut
scored 19 points, pulled down 14 rebounds and blocked Jason Terry’s shot at
the overtime buzzer to boost the Bucks to a 113-111 win over the Dallas
Mavericks on Tuesday at the Bradley Center.
The Bucks played without their leading scorer, as guard Michael Redd missed
the contest because of a right quadriceps contusion. However, it was this
year’s No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, who helped the Bucks post just their
second win in six games.
Two free throws by Bogut extended Milwaukee to a 112-108 lead with 20.9
seconds left in OT. Terry then hit a three-pointer with 5.2 seconds left, but
T.J. Ford, who had 24 points and seven assists in the win, made one foul shot
with 4.6 seconds remaining.
Dallas was left without a timeout, but Terry dribbled all the way to the right
side of the lane where he met Bogut. However, the 7-foot center got his left
hand on the ball, which bounced out of bounds as time expired. Terry went
tumbling to the floor, but it was a clean block for the powerful Bogut.
Redd is questionable for tonight’s affair.
The Bucks, who will start a two-game homestand after tonight’s contest, are
3-4 away from home this season.
Milwaukee dropped three of four to the Wizards last season, but has won six of
10 and seven of the last 12 meetings. The Bucks have also had success in our
nation’s capital, where they have won six of nine and seven of their last 11.