NBA Game Summary - Washington at Milwaukee
(Wednesday, April 12th)
Final Score: Milwaukee 100, Washington 97
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Michael Redd hit a turn-around jumper with 19.9 seconds left and T.J. Ford came up with a critical steal with just two ticks remaining as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Washington Wizards, 100-97, at the Bradley Center.
Redd ended with 24 points and Ford had 16 points and six assists for the Bucks, who snapped a four-game losing streak and pulled within one game of Washington for the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Andrew Bogut added 17 points for Milwaukee, which also remains tied with Indiana for the sixth spot in the conference. The Pacers defeated the Boston Celtics, 117-112, earlier on Wednesday night.
Gilbert Arenas had 25 points and six assists for the Wizards, who have lost four in a row. Antonio Daniels added 21 points and six assists and Jared Jeffries had 20 points and eight boards for Washington, which has just four games left in the regular season.
Down 94-88, Daniels hit four straight free throws and Antawn Jamison drained a basket with 48.2 seconds left to tie the game at 94-94.
Redd responded with a basket to give the lead back to the Bucks 12 seconds later, but Jamison drained a three-pointer with 28 second to play, pushing the Wizards to their first lead since midway through the second quarter, 97-96.
Redd then hit a short turnaround jumper with 19.9 seconds to go, putting Milwaukee back in the lead. Then, with Arenas trying to work for a final shot, Ford stripped him of the ball with two seconds to play to secure the win.
"I just tried to stay in front of him and just try not to give him a direct path to the goal," said Ford. "I knew he was going to pull up[ eventually and he put the ball right in front of me and let me get my hands on it."
Arenas fouled Ford on the play and the guard drained both free throws to ice the game.
"I thought that T.J. was going to jump f or the ball," said Arenas. he held his ground and swiped at the ball when I had it low."
Jamison ended with 16 points for Washington, which trailed 24-23 after one quarter and went ahead for the final time until the waning seconds, 31-30, on an Etan Thomas basket with under seven minutes to play until halftime.
Milwaukee rallied to carry a 47-45 lead into the third and led by as many as 10 points in the quarter before going into the fourth ahead 72-68.
Washington shot 43.6 percent from the field for the game...Milwaukee hit 50.7 percent of its shots...Joe Smith had 14 points and Toni Kukoc had 10 for the Bucks...The Wizards fell to 14-25 on the road...Milwaukee improved to 24-15 at home.
04/12 23:53:46 ET