The Wizards let a 20 point lead slip away in the third quarter, but battled back to dominate the fourth quarter to grab the 106-93 win over the Bucks on Wednesday night at Verizon Center. The win over Milwaukee means the Wizards take the season series, 2-1.

The first half was all Wizards as they dominated on both ends of the floor to go into the locker room at the half up by 16. They held the Bucks to just 44 points, while scoring 60 of their own. The third quarter saw the Wizards go up by as many as 20 early on before the Bucks took over. The ensuing six minutes were all Milwaukee as they would go on a 28-6 run to not only erase the deficit, but take the lead. The third ended with the Bucks holding a three point lead. The Wizards would turn it around on Milwaukee before long though, as an 18-6 run to start the fourth would put the Wizards squarely back in the driver’s seat and see them close the Bucks out by 13.

The Wizards were very effective on offense outside of the third quarter, as they shot 50% from the field and from three for the game. This marks the fourth time the Wizards have shot at least 50% overall and from three and in all four of those games they have scored over 100 points and won. John Wall led six Wizards in double figures with another outstanding effort, scoring 23 points and dishing out 10 assists. Nene and Booker also both had double-doubles as Nene had 13 points and 13 boards and Booker had 13 and 12. Webster had 20 points, Ariza had 14 and Temple had 13.

The Bucks were led by Monta Ellis with 26 points and Ersan Ilyasova with 21 points and 12 boards.

The Wizards will look to continue their run of good play at home on Friday, taking on the New Orleans Hornets.

John Wall
Points: 23
Rebounds: 6
Assists: 10

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Points: John Wall - 23
Rebounds: Nene - 13
Assists: John Wall - 10
Blocks: 0
Steals: John Wall - 4

Randy Wittman Postgame

On Win:

“I’m proud of the guys. The effort that they gave tonight for 48 minutes was astounding, considering the tough situation we went through last night. We’ve got some guys beat up, we’ve got some guys playing through some things. That was a really gutty performance.”

John Wall Postgame

On Win:

“It’s big. We feel like we gave it away last night. This is the second hottest team in the east next to Miami. This is what coach talked about, you want to meet a playoff team when they’re going up the ladder instead of down.”

Martell Webster Postgame

On the Wizards’ losing their lead and then coming back::

“We go for the win and that’s the most important thing. There was a moment when me, John (Wall), Book (Trevor Booker), Riz (Trevor Ariza) and might have been Kevin (Seraphin), and we were just talking like listen, ‘What are we going to do?’ Coach really got on us. He was screaming at us like a father would to his children but the message we took was that we have to play better, we can’t keep doing this to ourselves, and we put our foot down right there and got back into the game.”

Trevor Ariza Postgame

On winning with the game being shorthanded::

“That’s what happens sometimes. When you’re shorthanded you find ways to win. You always try to pick up what the other people do, especially the people that are out. Tonight we did a good job of that. John did a good job of controlling the game.”

Trevor Booker Postgame

On losing the 20-point lead in the third quarter and coming back:

“We really didn’t panic. In the past we would definitely panic. But we actually stayed calm this time. It was something new for me because we actually stayed calm, so that’s a good sign for us.”

Garrett Temple Postgame