The Bucks were down by 22 at half time and stormed back to 101-104 late in the game, but a quick five points from Bradley Beal helped seal the deal (for real, Gary Neal). The Wizards scored 75 points at the half, and finished with a 114-107 win.
For once, the Bucks interior defense wasn’t the problem. No, it was a hot night from behind the arc for the Wiz. Both Trevor Ariza and Bradley Beal made five three pointers (on seven and eight attempts, respectibely). Ariza led the way with 28pts/7rebs, with Beal right behind with a nice 23 points. Ariza’s big night came on just 12 shots!!! That’s incredible! It was a tough night shooting for John Wall (4-14), but he was the beneficiary of the hot shooting nights of his peers, accumulating 13 assists. The Wizards shot 53.8% from the floor and 53.6% from long range.
There wasn’t enough for the whole class, though. The Bucks didn’t share the same success from three, hitting just 25% of those jumpers. But Nate Wolters made a three, so that’s good. Brandon Knight poured in 25 points, but was more or less ineffective in every other statistical category.
Once again, Jeff Adrien earned more minutes (22) than John Henson (16). And Henson had an eerily similar 6-8fg for 12 points and 6 boards. Henson seems to deliver with increased minutes, so why he’s not consistently getting 20+ is beyond me, and any of us really.
- OJ Mayo served his one game suspension tonight. He earned the suspension for punching Pelicans C Greg Stiemsma in the throat.
- Otto Porter played 11 seconds, which makes Giannis’ underwhelming performance (4pts/2rebs/1ast) seem pretty cool.
- Drew Gooden made his presence known against his former team, scoring 13 pts.
- THE SIXERS LOST A CLOSE GAME TO THE JAZZ! NOOOO!!!!!!
- There’s really heavy music on the first half video of the game from NBA.com. Also, I bought a new shirt today (notice how apathetic I’m beginning to feel).
The Bucks get the day off tomorrow, then welcome the Orlando Magic to the BMOHBC for what should be a winnable contest.