NBA Game Summary - Washington at Milwaukee
(Friday, January 14th)
Final Score: Washington 105, Milwaukee 103
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Larry Hughes scored a game-high 23 points, including the game-winning layup with less than one second remaining, as the streaking Washington Wizards won their sixth straight game with a 105-103 decision over the slumping Milwaukee Bucks.
Hughes hit 12-of-14 free throws and dished out eight assists for Washington, which hadn't won six in a row since a nine-game streak from December 6-22, 2001.
After Milwaukee's Michael Redd drilled a three-pointer with 18 seconds remaining that tied the score 103-103, Hughes took the ball at the top of the key, drove to his right and flipped up the game-winning basket with six-tenths of a second left.
"I just put the ball in the basket and didn't give those guys another chance to come down and score," Hughes said. "I don't think that they had any timeouts. I wanted to take it all the way down, get to the basket, draw a foul or score the ball."
Gilbert Arenas netted 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Antawn Jamison added 22 for the Wizards, who won at the Bradley Center for just the second time in 12 outings.
Juan Dixon contributed 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field and 3-of-3 from the free throw line and Brendan Haywood chipped in 11 points.
Redd scored 20 to lead the Bucks, who have lost three straight.
Desmond Mason added 16 points and Maurice Williams had 15, while Dan Gadzuric, Zaza Pachulia and Mike James had 11 points apiece in the losing effort.
Friday's game was the first meeting of the season between the Wizards and Bucks. Milwaukee had won three straight and five of the last six matchups coming in.
Milwaukee went into the fourth quarter holding an eight-point advantage, but the Wizards went on a 12-0 run during a four-minute span and were leading 99-95 with two minutes remaining.
After a pair of Arenas free throws put Washington up, 101-97, Williams drove the lane, hit a lay-up and made the subsequent free throw to bring Milwaukee within one point.
Dixon was fouled and made both free throws, giving the Bucks one shot at tying the game with a three-pointer. With 18.2 seconds on the clock, Redd nailed a three to tie the game 103-103 -- setting up Hughes' heroics.
"We got the matchups that we wanted," Bucks coach Terry Porter said of the last possession. "We didn't get the help that we needed. Guys should have stepped in there and make him make another pass. We shouldn't let a guy get all the way to the basket."
It appeared that the third quarter would be the key to the contest as the Bucks entered down nine points, but finished ahead by five, 79-74. Milwaukee outscored the Wizards 32-18 during the 12 minute span, taking its first lead of the game, 63-61, with 6:58 remaining in the quarter.
Washington started the game hitting 10-of-15 field goal attempts, led by as many as 13 points and finished the first quarter with a 31-21 advantage.
Milwaukee responded by outscoring the Wizards 26-25 in the second quarter and went into halftime trailing 56-47, setting up a frantic third quarter.
Washington came into the game seven games over .500 for the first time in 20 years (January 30, 1985)...The Bucks are 2-4 in their last six contests...Milwaukee was dealt another blow on Thursday when it learned that guard T.J. Ford will miss the remainder of the 2004-05 season as he continues to recover from spinal surgery. After bruising his spinal cord in a horrific basketball accident last season, Ford continues to show improvement, but is not ready to resume any kind of basketball activity, the team announced...Before the loss, Milwaukee had won three straight and five of the last six matchups between the teams...Washington has also dropped 10 of its last 12 games at the Bradley Center...Jarvis Hayes (concussion) and Anthony Peeler (ankle) did not play for the Wizards.
01/15 00:16:37 ET