NBA Game Summary - Washington at Milwaukee
(Sunday, April 1st)
Final Score: Washington 121, Milwaukee 107
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Caron Butler poured in 19 points and had five rebounds before fracturing his right hand in the third quarter, as the Washington Wizards trounced the Milwaukee Bucks, 121-107, at the Bradley Center.
Butler left the game with 6:28 remaining in the third. The All-Star forward is averaging 19.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.
"Unfortunately, Caron is probably going to be out for a long time, maybe the season," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. "We want to get further evaluation and then come up with an appropriate answer with all the results."
Gilbert Arenas scored 19 points and dished out nine assists for Washington, which moved a half-game ahead of the defending world champion Miami Heat -- who lost earlier in the day at Detroit -- for the top spot in the Southeast Division. Jarvis Hayes chipped in with 17 points, and Darius Songaila had 15 for the Wizards, who are in the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Maurice Williams scored 25 points for Milwaukee, which has dropped six straight. Ruben Patterson finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Charlie Bell donated 18 points in a losing cause. The Bucks also got 10 points apiece from Brian Skinner and Ersan Ilyasova.
"We're playing one of the highest-powered teams in the league, with a lot of different weapons," Bucks coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "Their bench was super-productive, had more energy than us."
Milwaukee had a strong first quarter, using a 13-4 run, ignited by Bell's layup at the seven-minute mark to take a 27-17 lead. The spurt was capped by a Williams' jump shot at 3:48 and Milwaukee easily held its 10-point margin through the buzzer and led 35-25.
Washington reversed its fortune in the second stanza, outscoring Milwaukee 32-16 en route to a 57-51 halftime edge.
Butler was apparently hurt when he tried to challenge a shot by Patterson.
"I'll probably get an MRI on it tomorrow," Butler said. "Right now, they're saying it's a season-ending injury. We'll see what happens. When I was getting the cast put on, I saw the guys win the game, that meant a lot."
The Bucks found themselves in a nine-point hole in the third, but kept the pressure on, tying the game at 66 on Patterson's dunk at 6:40. The Wizards couldn't pull away, however, and led 88-85 heading to the fourth.
It was all Washington down the stretch. Hayes had two three-pointers during a 10-1 burst at the midpoint that gave his squad a 106-93 edge with 6:36 to play.
Milwaukee never got closer than 12 the rest of the way, as the Wizards cruised to the finish.
Washington is 13-23 on the road this season...This was the fourth and final meeting of the campaign between the squads. The Wizards won three of the four contests...Washington snapped a three-game slide in Milwaukee...The Bucks played without leading scorer Michael Redd, who was out with left knee pain...Center Dan Gadzuris returned for the Bucks after being out 23 games due to a shoulder injury.
04/01 19:47:38 ET