Wizards stop Bucks, 110-100
Milwaukee back to .500 mark
MILWAUKEE — 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 grabbing 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 when Ersan IIyasova hit a jumper.
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.
Beal added 17 points for the Wizards, who won for the second straight night after beating Cleveland at home on Friday.
Washington struggled for most of the first half, missing shots and turning the ball over, and trailed 42-27 after Jerryd Bayless hit a layup for Milwaukee with 5:51 remaining in the second quarter.
But the Wizards went on a 20-8 run to cut the lead to 50-47 at halftime as Wall hit a 3-pointer with 28 seconds remaining.
Wall scored the last seven points of the run.
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.
Milwaukee: Anteokounmpo was back in the starting lineup after coming off the bench and playing just 15 minutes and scoring seven points Friday in the Bucks blowout loss to Toronto. Anteokounmpo sprained his ankle in the Bucks triple-overtime win over Brooklyn Wednesday.The Bucks received a delay of game warning before the game even started as the team was slow out of the huddle for the opening game tip.
Washington: Nene left the game with 6 minutes remaining in the first quarter and did not return. The Wizards said he had a right plantar fascia.Forward Otto Porter did not play due to a tight left hamstring.Washington’s 8-3 mark entering the game was the team’s best 11-game start since the 1974-75 season when they started 9-2.
Milwaukee plays host to Detroit on Tuesday. The Pistons already beat the Bucks this season, winning 98-95 Nov. 7.
Washington returns home to play Atlanta on Tuesday.