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Back To .500: Wizards Use Second Half Rally To Beat Bucks

Wizards 107
Bucks 101

January 8, 2017 – BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

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The Wizards moved back to .500 with a road win on Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee. The Bucks were missing the “Greek Freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo who was out with an illness, which made this writer happy that he had to spell out his last name only once. For the fourth time this season, Kelly Oubre finished with at least 12 or more points with 17 on the afternoon.

Here’s how it all went down:

1st quarter

The Wizards played like they have been on the road, which is the opposite of good. Washington turned the ball over eight times, which led to 12 Bucks points. John Wall had four of those turnovers, which came in a span of 70 seconds and he could only muster three assists and zero points. Wizards trailed 31-24 after the opening quarter.

2nd quarter

The Wizards forced a turnover, leading to a dunk by Kelly Oubre, which cut the deficit to 37-31 before Jason Terry put the Bucks up by nine with a wide-open three.

Bradley Beal drove in from the baseline and got a finger-roll lay-in later on but ended up on the floor, injuring his ankle. However, he returned to action to finish the half.

The Wizards headed to the locker room down 49-57. The Bucks, to this point, were shooting 57 percent with seven 3’s. Michael Beasley scored 14 points for the Bucks in the first half. The Wizards turned the ball over four times in the second quarter. Beal led the Wizards with 14 first half points.

3rd quarter

The Wizards started chipping away at the deficit by going on a 10-4 run. The run was highlighted by a Wall to Marcin Gortat layup, and a lay-in by Markieff Morris after Wall got hit hard to the ground behind the basket.

A three by Oubre cut the deficit to one, 63-62. The Wizards took their first lead of the afternoon since the first quarter where they went up 4-0, on a dunk by Oubre from Wall.

A putback by Oubre, a lay-up by Wall, a trey by Oubre and a three from the corner by Sheldon McClellan gave Washington their largest lead of the game at nine points, 82-73. The Bucks came back and cut it to four, with the Wizards hanging on to enter the fourth up 82-78.

The Wizards outscored the Bucks in the third frame 33-21.

4th quarter

The Wizards took control in the final quarter. Trey Burke got a steal and found Sheldon McClellan for an and-1 to put the Wizards up 89-83 with under nine minutes to go:

After Beal hit a three, Wall made a pair of free throws and sank two jumpers. The Wizards were up at that point 100-94. Wall finished with 16 points, eight of those points coming in the fourth quarter.

Trailing later on 104-97, the Bucks went on a 4-0 run to cut it to three. Washington answered with a clutch lay-up by Morris. The Wizards took this one in Milwaukee 107-101.

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The Game’s Top Performer

Bradley Beal- 26 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, 10-19 FG, 4-5 FT

Perhaps the most amazing thing about Beal’s 26-point performance was that he was able to finish the game. The knee injury by Beal in the second had many Wizards fans’ hearts stopping. Beal registered 35:58 minutes.

A forgettable night for..

The Wizards offense.

Yes the Wizards were able to come back and win, but the offense finished with 19 turnovers including eight in the first quarter.

Key Stat of the Night

The Wizards out-rebounded the Bucks 56-35. Thirteen of those rebounds came via the offensive glass.

What’s next?

The Wizards return home for a 2014 playoff rematch with the Bulls taking place on Tuesday night. With a win, they will go above .500.

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