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NBA: Strong finish puts Wizards over Bucks

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MILWAUKEE -- At halftime on Saturday night in Milwaukee, the Washington Wizards looked like they were well on their way to their eighth victory in nine games.

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The Wizards shot 67 percent from the field to score a season-high 75 points and led the Bucks by 22 at the break.

In the blink of an eye, though, it became a ballgame again. The Bucks battled back to get within three in the closing minutes before the Wizards finally closed out a tougher-than-it-should-have-been 114-107 victory at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

"We made this game a lot harder than it should have been," said Wizards point guard John Wall, who was held to nine points -- his first single-digit scoring game since Feb. 11 and just his fourth of the season.

Milwaukee shot 48 percent from the field in the first half but could not stop the Wizards' shooters, especially from beyond the arc where Washington connected on 10 of 17 attempts.

Forward Trevor Ariza knocked down three of his four 3-pointers and scored 17 of his game-high 28 points in the first quarter as Washington built an eight-point lead.

The Wizards caught fire in the second, going 15 of 19 from the field with six 3-pointers to go ahead by as many as 28 when guard Bradley Beal sank a 24-foot jumper with 2:39 left in the second quarter.

Milwaukee, however, finished the half on a 10-4 run and scored the first 12 points of the third quarter to make it a 10-point game when center Zaza Pachulia scored on a layup with 6:53 left in the quarter.

"I thought we wanted to feel sorry for ourselves, and we played like we were feeling sorry for ourselves in the first half," Bucks coach Larry Drew said. "I thought our guys came out in the second half and played inspired. They played hard, got on the floor for loose balls and really did a good job of consisting shots."

The Wizards missed nine shots from the floor and committed six turnovers during that stretch, ending the drought when Wall found Ariza for a layup with 4:57 left.

"We came out in that third quarter like the game was over," Wall said. "We started the third, didn't get any good movement and had too many turnovers and they made it a game."

The Wizards held on in the third quarter but were challenged again in the fourth as Milwaukee whittled away at the lead and closed to three when forward Ersan Ilyasova hit two free throws to make it 104-101 with 2:13 left.

Beal, however, saved the day for Washington, scoring on the Wizards' next two possessions and Wall followed with a 3-pointer with just under a minute left, restoring the double-digit lead. From there, Washington made three of four free throws to lock up the victory.

Washington 114, Milwaukee 107

Washington 36 39 10 29 -- 114

Milwaukee 27 26 21 33 -- 107

WASHINGTON (114)

Ariza 9-12 5-9 28, Beal 8-18 2-2 23, Wall 4-14 0-0 9, Gortat 5-6 1-4 11, Booker 1-2 2-4 4, Webster 5-7 3-4 15, Harrington 2-7 0-0 5, Gooden 6-9 0-0 13, A.Miller 3-5 0-0 6, Temple 0-0 0-0 0, Porter 0-0 0-0 0, Singleton 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 43-80 13-23 114.

MILWAUKEE (107)

Knight 9-20 5-5 25, Middleton 7-12 0-0 15, Pachulia 2-7 2-2 6, Wolters 4-10 1-2 10, Ilyasova 4-10 5-6 13, Adrien 2-4 4-5 8, Antetokounmpo 1-4 2-2 4, Sessions 4-11 6-6 14, Henson 6-8 0-0 12, Mitchell 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 39-87 25-28 107.

3-Point Goals Washington 15-28 (Ariza 5-7, Beal 5-8, Webster 2-3, Gooden 1-2, Harrington 1-4, Wall 1-4), Milwaukee 4-16 (Knight 2-5, Middleton 1-2, Wolters 1-2, Antetokounmpo 0-1, Mitchell 0-1, Ilyasova 0-2, Sessions 0-3). Fouled out None. Rebounds Washington 48 (Ariza 7), Milwaukee 50 (Ilyasova, Adrien 8). Assists Washington 25 (Wall 13), Milwaukee 14 (Wolters 4). Total Fouls Washington 21 (Ariza 4), Milwaukee 20 (Middleton 5). A--14,839.

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