Another win for those white hot Wizards. Washington with a 100-92 overtime win over the Bucks in Milwaukee on Wednesday night. Another solid night for center Marcin Gortat with 25 points and eight rebounds. Gortat only missed one shot from the floor, going 11-12 on the night.
The Wizards led by three in the closing seconds of regulation, but OJ Mayo hit a three pointer for Milwaukee, tying the game at 87-87. John Wall had a chance to win it, but missed a runner, sending the game to OT. Wall’s streak of 30 point games ended, but the point guard had a balanced night with 19 points, six assists and five steals. After a season high of 15 steals in the win over the Lakers, the Wizards continue to win the turnover battle, benefitting from 14 steals against the Bucks.
The win was the third straight for Washington and their fifth victory in their last six games. The Bucks have now lost ten straight games, their longest losing skid since they dropped 15 in a row back in 1996. With Bradley Beal sitting for a second game with a leg injury, the Wizards received strong perimeter play from substitute shooting guard Martell Webster and small forward Trevor Ariza, playing in his first game back after missing two weeks due to injury. Webster providing scoring punch making up for the absence of Beal, while Ariza’s trademark defensive play was on display. Coach Randy Wittman;
“I’m kind of old school. I still believe in this day and age that defense is going to win you more games than offense is, and I think that’s been proven over the course of the last world champions of the last 15 years.”
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The Association takes Thanksgiving off, with Wizards forward Al Harrington hosting dinner at his mother’s house in Indianapolis The Wizards return to action on Friday night with a tough road test against the Pacers in Indiana.
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