Pierce, Wall lead Wizards over Bucks 111-100

Wizards rally in second half to best Bucks
Pierce, Wall lead Wizards over Bucks 111-100

Paul Pierce scored 25 points and John Wall added 19 points as the Washington Wizards rallied in the second half to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 111-100 Saturday.

The Wizards, after trailing by as many as 15 points in the first half, took control of the game by outscoring the Bucks 19-8 to start the fourth quarter  and grabbed a 93-78 lead when Bradley Beal hit a 17-foot jumper with 7:15 remaining.

Milwaukee fought back and cut the lead to 104-97 with 2:13 remaining on a jumper by Ersan IIlasova. But Pierce hit a 19-foot jumper as the shot clock expired to give Washington a 106-97 lead with 1:13 remaining.

Wall then stole the inbounds pass and scored on a dunk with 1:10 remaining to put the game away.

Bradley Beal added 17 points for the Wizards, who won for the second straight night after beating Cleveland at home on Friday.

Brandon Knight led the Bucks with 27 points and Giannis Anteokounmpo added 20 points. Milwaukee lost its second straight game and fell back to .500 at 7-7 after winning three straight games.