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Friday, March 18th (All times eastern)

Washington Wizards (35-27) at Milwaukee Bucks (26-37), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Washington Wizards seek their third consecutive win tonight when they visit the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center.

On Wednesday, Gilbert Arenas scored 29 points and Larry Hughes added 23 points and seven assists to lead the Wizards to a 122-93 rout of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.

Steve Blake recorded 17 points and Etan Thomas had 15 for the Wizards, who used a huge fourth-quarter run to take command en route to a season high in points. Jared Jeffries, with 14 points, and Kwame Brown, with 13 points, rounded out the double-figure scorers for Washington.

Leading 81-73 heading into the fourth quarter, the Wizards began to pull away. Washington scored 27 of the first 34 points in the quarter, including 18 in a row at one point. Arenas had 13 points during the surge, which was capped by a Hughes dunk with 5:18 remaining for a 108-80 cushion.

Washington is currently fourth in the Eastern Conference -- one game ahead of fifth-place Cleveland and three up on No. 6 Chicago.

The Wizards, who have lost eight of their last 10 on the road, will host Utah on Saturday before embarking on a five-game trip.

Milwaukee, meanwhile, hopes to build some momentum after ending a three-game skid with Wednesday's 96-88 win over visiting Cleveland. Michael Redd poured in 32 points as the Bucks toppled the Cavs at the Bradley Center.

Redd finished 12-of-21 from the field for the Bucks, who led from start to finish and posted their sixth straight triumph over the Cavaliers on their home court. Joe Smith contributed 21 points and 15 rebounds to the win.

Wednesday's victory came on the heels of a horrid 110-71 pounding the Bucks took on Monday in Miami.

The Bucks, who have won three of their last four at home, will begin a five- game road trip on Sunday in Denver.

Washington is 2-0 against Milwaukee this season after losing the final three meetings last season.

The Wizards have won two of their last three games at the Bradley Center.

03/18 10:15:35 ET

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