NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at Washington
(Tuesday, April 18th)
Final Score: Washington 116, Milwaukee 103
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Gilbert Arenas poured in 43 points, as Washington moved closer to securing the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 116-103 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks at the Verizon Center.
Antawn Jamison added 28 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Wizards, who at 41-40 moved one game ahead of Indiana and Chicago in the wild race for the No. 5 spot in the conference with just one day remaining in the regular season.
"We've been playing hard, and eventually the basketball gods will run in your favor," Arenas said. "They did when we clinched and they did again tonight. Now we have just one more game to worry about and it's in our hands."
Michael Redd had a career-high 43 points for the Bucks, who finished with a 40-42 record. The Bucks had a chance to secure the fifth spot and play Cleveland in the first round of the playoffs if they had won, but instead have to wait for the conclusion of the regular season Wednesday night to find out where they will be seeded. They are currently eighth, a half-game behind the Pacers and Bulls.
"We don't play for another couple of games, but we need to let it all hang out," Redd said. "I know guys are going to follow my lead. If the leaders don't play hard, everyone else isn't going to play hard."
If Washington wins at Detroit Wednesday night, the Wizards will secure the fifth slot. If the Wizards lose to the Pistons in the season finale, they can still finish fifth should Indiana fall to Orlando, and if Chicago loses at home to Toronto.
"It's been this way for the last week and a half," Jamison said. "We didn't want it to come down to the last game, but this is fun."
Caron Butler added 22 points and nine boards and Antonio Daniels had 10 points and eight assists for Washington, winners of two straight after a five-game skid.
Arenas came up huge at the free throw line, going 17-of-19. Redd missed just one of his 19 foul shots.
T.J. Ford added 26 points and Bobby Simmons scored 20 for the Bucks, who missed just two of their 27 foul shots, but had 16 turnovers, leading to 30 Washington points.
The Bucks were within 83-82 following two free throws by Redd near the end of the third quarter. Arenas was then fouled on a three-point try with under a second left in the period, and Bucks head coach Terry Stotts was issued a technical. Arenas made all four foul shots for an 87-82 lead.
Eight straight points by the Bucks to begin the last quarter gave them the lead, but Washington countered that with eight of its own. Two free throws by Arenas made it 95-90 with nine minutes left.
Simmons followed with a three-pointer, but the Wizards pulled away for good by scoring the next seven, capped by a long distance shot from Arenas. The Bucks never got closer than five after that.
Milwaukee led 23-20 after one quarter, but the Wizards used a 10-2 run to expand to a 38-29 lead in the second. Washington was ahead by as many as 13 in that period before settling for a 54-43 advantage.
Redd became the second player in team history to record 2,000 points in a season. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did it in five of his six seasons as a Buck...Andrew Bogut had 11 rebounds for Milwaukee, but was hit with a flagrant foul after knocking Daniels to the floor on a breakaway layup try with 3:22 left in the game.
04/18 23:51:47 ET