Final Score: Wizards 114 Bucks 107
This was one of the strangest games you will ever come across. The only way it could've been stranger is if the Wizards had actually ended up blowing the game. The Wizards pulled out the 114-107 win in Milwaukee, but they did it in very interesting fashion. The first half saw the Wizards go up by as many as 28, score 75 points (highest scoring half of the year), and shoot an unbelievable 67% from the field. The second half? Pretty much the antithesis of that. It took them seven minutes to score their first basket in the third quarter, they only managed 39 points in the entire half and shot just 37%. But the important thing is they pulled out the win. The game got as close as three with about two minutes to play, but Beal (12 points in the fourth quarter) scored five straight points and Wall hit the dagger three to seal it.
Trevor Ariza once again led the way, continuing his insanely hot shooting ways by scoring 29 points on 9/12 shooting and 5/7 from long distance. He's been the best three point shooter in the NBA since the All-Star break. Bradley Beal had his third straight game with 20 or more, finishing with 23 on 8/18 shooting and 5/8 from long range. John Wall had an up and down game, finishin with nine points, 13 assists but seven turnovers. Webster and Gooden both came off the bench and scored in double figures. Brandon Knight led six Bucks in double figures with 25 points in the loss. - Jacob Raim
We made it to Milwaukee for the first of a two-city, two-game trip which will end in Miami on Monday night.
Two teams on the opposite end of the spectrum when it comes to record, as the Bucks enter tonight with the worst record in the NBA at 12-49, while the Heat are 43-16 and just a few wins behind the Pacers for the best record in the Eastern Conference.
But, as they say, you can throw records out the window because if the Wizards don't show up tonight, they could let this Bucks team steal a win here at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
The Bucks beat the Wizards in overtime back in DC in early December, and that was something Randy Wittman made sure to tell his team when getting ready for tonight's matchup.
The good news is Martell Webster will be back in the lineup after missing two straight games with a sore back. The bad news is Kevin Seraphin will miss his sixth straight game with a sore knee, which means the Wizards will once again be without Seraphin and Nene on the front line.
For Milwaukee, they'll be without one of their leading scorers as OJ Mayo has been suspended for tonight's game after he threw a punch at the Pelicans' Greg Stiemsma last night in New Orleans.
Mayo had been coming off the bench for the Bucks, as rookie Nate Wolters has stepped into a starting role. He can be crafty and score the ball, but the guy the Wizards really need to watch out for tonight is Khris Middleton. He went for 29 in the last #WizBucks game in DC and then scored 25 in the Bucks loss to New Orleans last night. Look for Trevor Ariza to take him on tonight and try and shut down the second-year forward from Texas A&M.
The Bucks are averaging over 107 points per game in their last six contests, so they certainly can score the basketball. The Wizards need to come in prepared and with a high defensive intensity to take control of the game early and never let this Bucks team think they can win.
For the Wizards, they've been playing some of their best basketball away from home and look to win their 5th straight road game tonight in Milwaukee. And it's been the trio of John Wall, Marcin Gortat, and Trevor Ariza who have had the hot hand of late. Wall is averaging 22.2 points and 10.0 assists per game over his last six, while Gortat is putting up 18.3 points and 11.0 rebounds in that time. Ariza has been Mr. 3-pointer over the last six games, shooting 26/40 from downtown, while averaging 22.3 points in that time.
It's a late start tonight because of the Marquette-St Johns game that was played earlier so we're coming at you at 8pm local time and 9pm back in DC. We'll be live chatting throughout the night on WashingtonWizards.com. See you there!
Randy Wittman Pregame
Drew Gooden on #WizBucks