It took overtime to get it done, but the Wizards got their third straight win and fifth in their last six games, taking down the Bucks in Milwaukee, 100-92. At the end of regulation, Mayo hit a deep three to tie things up and Wall had a chance on the last possession to end it but his floater bounced out. The Wizards controlled the extra session though, locking down on defense and outscoring the Bucks 13-5 to get the victory. Marcin Gortat stole the show tonight as he shot 11/12 from the field en route to leading the team with 25 points. Wall did not get to 30, but he did score 19 to go along with six assists and five steals. Webster had 18 and probably hit the biggest shot of the night, a three pointer (on which he was fouled but couldn't convert the four point play) from the corner which tied the game, after a string of five or six empty possessions that saw the Wizards lose the lead late. For the second night in a row, the Wizards were very effective getting into the passing lanes, tonight getting 14 steals
after a season high 15 versus LA. The Wizards also got the most effective night from their bench that they've had in the last couple of weeks, seeing the bench score 15 points. Finally the Wizards shot 50% from the field, making this the first time this year they've hit at least 50% of their shots two games in a row.
The Wizards are back in action tonight as they begin a two game road trip in Milwaukee to take on the 2-11 Bucks.
When you look at the schedule and check off wins and losses, this is one you would put in the W column for the Wizards, but we have to know by now the NBA doesn't work that way.
Last season, the Wizards struggled mightily against some of the lesser teams in the Eastern Conference (0-4 against Detroit, 1-3 against Charlotte, 0-3 against Cleveland) so they can't overlook the last-place Bucks tonight.
The Wizards enter the game having won four of five, many thanks to their floor general John Wall. Nobody in the league is hotter than Wall. He's eclipsed the 30 point plateau in three consecutive games and has started gaining a lot of national attention for his outstanding play.
Nene joined him in the 30 point club
as he put in a career-high 30 points in a 116-111 win over the Lakers. Tonight, Nene could go for another big performance as he goes up against Ersan Ilyasova and the Bucks front line. While Ilyasova can stretch the floor and is a fine player, he should be no match for Nene's girth in the post, so look for the big Brazilian to dominate once again.
Trevor Ariza returned to the lineup last night and was right back in the starting lineup. He finished the game with 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals. He said he was a little rusty, but felt great to get back out on the court and help the team win a game:
Chris Singleton (foot) made his season debut last night, even though it was just for one minute of action. It may seem insignificant, but this is a good sign because it means he is healthy enough to play. With the bench struggling to produce, he could be looked at more and more in the next few games.
Otto Porter (hip) is not expected to be available tonight. He is cleared to play, but is still getting his conditioning back. Bradley Beal will also be out with his stress injury in his right fibula.
For the Bucks, Larry Sanders is out with a thumb injury, while Carlos Delfino will miss the game with a foot injury.
The Bucks enter tonight's game near the bottom in many offensive categories. They are 28th in ppg (89.9), 29th in FG % (.416), 29th in rebounds (39.0) and are currently on a nine game losing streak.
Despite their offensive woes, they do have some guys who are capable scorers, including former Wizard Caron Butler, who joined the Bucks this past off-season. Butler is averaging 13.9 points and 5.9 rebounds in about 30 minutes per game. O.J. Mayo is their leading scorer at 14.8 ppg and Brandon Knight is a solid point guard, though he is just coming off a hamstring injury and has yet to be effective.
Nate Wolters is a rookie who has done a nice job through the first part of the season for the Bucks and leads their team in assists with 4.7 per game.
With Thanksgiving on the horizon and a nine game losing streak to break, it's safe to say the Bucks will be hungry for a win tonight over the favored Wizards.
With Indiana on deck, the Wizards need to ensure they don't look ahead to their next opponent and take care of an inferior Bucks team tonight.
begins at 8pm. See you there.