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Saturday, February 5th (All times eastern)

Milwaukee Bucks (17-27) at Washington Wizards (26-19), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Washington Wizards start a four-game homestand tonight, as they welcome the Milwaukee Bucks to the MCI Center.

This is the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On January 14th, Washington defeated the Bucks, 105-103, at the Bradley Center. With the victory, the Wizards snapped a three-game series losing streak.

Overall, Milwaukee has won five of seven and six of the last nine meetings in this series. The Bucks have won three straight and five of their last seven at Washington. The teams will also play on March 18th at Milaukee and on April 11th at the MCI Center.

Washington will also host the Indiana Pacers, San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers on its current homestand. On Friday,

The Wizards attempt to put the brakes on a season-high four-game losing streak tonight. On Friday, Jalen Rose scored a team-high 26 points as the Toronto Raptors overcame a 22-point deficit to win their second straight game with a 103-100 victory over Washington at Air Canada Centre.

Antawn Jamison netted a game-high 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Washington in Friday's loss. Jamison went 12-of-24 from the field for Washington, which hit 25-of-37 field goal attempts (67.6 percent) in the first half. The turning point of the game came with 4:39 remaining in the third quarter when Gilbert Arenas was ejected for arguing with an official. Arenas was red-hot, hitting 8-of-13 shots for 21 points.

The Wizards are 16-7 as the host this season.

Milwaukee has won two in a row. On Friday, All-Star Michael Redd scored a game-high 32 points, including the game-winning jump shot with 15 seconds remaining, as the Bucks won tdefeated the Los Angeles Clippers, 92-90, at the Bradley Center. Redd went 13-of-23 from the floor and pulled down five rebounds in the win.

Los Angeles led 73-71 entering the fourth quarter and neither team led by more than two points in the final 12 minutes. After Los Angeles took a 90-88 lead with just less than two minutes left, Milwaukee got a pair of free throws from Desmond Mason to tie the game before Redd swished a jumper to put the Bucks ahead, 92-90. On the ensuing possession, Rick Brunson missed a game-tying field goal for the Clippers, who were without the talents of two key players.

Center Dan Gadzuric had a double-double in the victory for the Bucks with 11 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, while Mason finished the contest with 15 points.

The Bucks are a dismal 5-17 on the road this season.

02/05 10:11:12 ET


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