NBA Game Summary - Washington at Milwaukee
(Wednesday, December 23rd)
Final Score: Washington 109, Milwaukee 97
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Antawn Jamison and Earl Boykins combined for 23 points in the final quarter as Washington took command late to beat Milwaukee, 109-97, at the Bradley Center.
Jamison scored 25 and Caron Butler added 23 with each pulling down 10 rebounds, as the Wizards posted their second straight win. Gilbert Arenas had 18 points and nine assists, and Boykins scored 15.
"It takes time to find a rhythm, but over the course of the last five, six seven games, we're finally getting a rhythm to this offense," Butler said. "Things are really starting to turn the corner. We hope it continues to do that because we're right there."
Michael Redd hit all 15 of his foul shots and finished with 32 points for the Bucks, who lost for the fourth time in five games. Charlie Bell scored 14 and Luc Mbah a Moute added 11, also off the bench. Andrew Bogut ended with 12 points and nine rebounds in a starting role.
Bell's jumper moved the Bucks to an 86-84 edge with 7:27 remaining, but the Wizards went in front for good by scoring the ensuing nine points. Jamison netted the first six and Boykins capped the burst with a jumper for a 93-86 cushion with 5:18 to go.
A three-point play by Boykins upped the margin to 104-94 with 2:41 left.
It was a horrific shooting performance in the second half for the Bucks, who went 14-of-45 over the final 24 minutes. They finished 35.6 percent for the game.
Washington shot 65 percent in the first quarter to claim a 37-27 lead after the opening stanza. Milwaukee was within 57-52 at the half, and the Bucks trailed throughout the third, moving to the fourth facing an 81-75 deficit.
"In the first quarter they set the tone," Bell said. "We looked like a team that played last night. They really came here with a lot of energy and attacked our guards. It was hard to recover and when we did it was hard to sustain it."
Milwaukee was 5-of-25 from three-point range...Randy Foye scored 12 for the Wizards...Jamison ended 10-of-11 from the foul line...Brendan Haywood had nine rebounds and six blocks for the Wizards.
12/24 00:31:55 ET