NBA Game Summary - Washington at Milwaukee
(Wednesday, March 3rd)
Final Score: Milwaukee 100, Washington 87
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - John Salmons continued to pay dividends for the Bucks with a team-leading 22 points, as Milwaukee tripped up Washington, 100-87, in the opener of a home-and-home set from the Bradley Center.
Ersan Ilyasova had a solid all-around game with 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for Milwaukee, which had a season-long six-game winning streak broken with Sunday's overtime loss at Atlanta.
Andrew Bogut contributed 15 points, while Jerry Stackhouse and Carlos Delfino scored 13 apiece -- the latter adding 11 rebounds.
"I'm just trying to fit in and help the team win as best I possibly could," said Salmons, who has helped Milwaukee to a 7-1 record since being acquired from Chicago before the NBA's trade deadline.
Andray Blatche and Randy Foye each scored 18 points for the Wizards, who have lost three of four. JaVale McGee added 14 points in defeat.
Washington had won the first two matchups with the Bucks, who can now earn a split in the series on Friday at the Verizon Center.
The Bucks held a slim 28-26 edge with 12 minutes in the books. The lead traded hands in the opening stages of the second before Ilyasova put in five straight points for the hosts to gain a 41-36 advantage midway through.
Delfino stroked back-to-back threes a short time later and Ilyasova added another long distance make to answer a Washington basket for a 10-point difference with three minutes to go.
The Bucks settled on a 56-48 lead at the break, but were quickly back up by double digits after Delfino started the second half with a three-pointer.
Bogut's layup close to midway through had the lead at 67-55, and Milwaukee headed to the fourth up 77-60 after a nearly six-minute scoring drought down the stretch by Washington.
"We work too hard to let any team get up on us like that. We were just paying sloppy," said Blatche.
A furious pace to start the fourth saw both sides light the scoreboard consistently with a Salmons three-pointer ending the stretch for an 87-69 lead a little more than 2 1/2 minutes in.
Stackhouse nailed a three at the halfway point to start a stretch of eight consecutive points by the hosts, from which the Wizards never recovered.
The Bucks have won three in a row at home and are 19-9 as the host this season...Washington fell to 9-19 on the road...Brandon Jennings was just 2- of-12 shooting for five points. He did add six boards and five assists to a winning cause...Foye had five helpers and Blatche nine rebounds for Washington.
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