Head Coach Scott Skiles
On tonight's game...
"They won the first quarter. We came out a little bit slow after the first couple minutes of the game, but we played much better in the second half. We made better plays on the defensive end and we stepped up our effort. We got into a rhythm offensively, started knocking down some shots and got better ball movement. However, we can't be satisfied with tonight's game. If we were playing Orlando or Boston we have to play better than that and the guys know that. We're happy with the win, but we can't be in celebration mode. There are a lot of things we have to do better."
On their defense...
"Nick Young and Andray Blatche are talented guys and I thought Keyon Dooling did a great job trying to stay with Young in the second half and Blatche got his pump fake and got into his dribble a little bit, but we were going after the loose balls in the second half and normally when those things go our way we play pretty well defensively."
Forward Drew Gooden
On defending John Wall...
"I think we started collapsing on him in the second half and still were able to rotate out to the shooters. Protecting the paint is always our first priority and in the second half I think we did a better job on his penetration."
On Andrew Bogut's night...
"He's still a presence out there. He still drew a lot of attention and he's a big force out there for us. Unfortunately his numbers don't show that tonight on paper but out there during the game he was big for us."
On coming back from his injury...
"I'm trying to get back out there and get healthy. That's my main concern. I'm not 100 percent healthy yet but I'm just trying to do the little things to help my team win."
Guard Earl Boykins
On Keyon Dooling...
"I was happy to see Keyon making shots. He's always capable of making shots and this year its been a little tough shooting and to see him go out there, make shots and get into a rhythm, I was really happy for him tonight."
On playing without John Salmons...
"My role is the same whether John's here or not. I think all the guards have to step up and play better, and tonight we were able to do that."
- John Salmons sat out tonight's game with right hip soreness.
- With this win, the Bucks snapped a three-game losing streak. Prior to tonight Milwaukee had lost eight of its last 10.They also scored more than 100 points for the 8th time this year, and are now 6-2 in those games.
- With tonight's loss, Washington continues its winless streak on the road, now at 0-20.
- The game started slowly, with the Bucks scoring only 19 points, and the Wizards scoring 27 points (after taking over three minutes to record their first basket), in the first quarter. Milwaukee is now 3-10 in games where they score 19 or fewer points in the first quarter and 5-16 in games during which they trail after one period. After trailing since the 7:50 mark in the first quarter, the Bucks regained the lead with 2:13 remaining before halftime and took over at the 5:53 mark in the third quarter, never again relinquishing the lead.
- The Bucks crashed the boards tonight, outrebounding Washington 43-34. Milwaukee came into the game averaging 42.16 boards per game, good for 9th in the league.
- Guards Earl Boykins and Keyon Dooling combined for 42 points (19 and 23, respectively), surpassing season scoring averages of 7.7 and 6.7, respectively. Dooling's 23 points were a season-high (previous was 18), and two off his career-high. Boykins continues his hot streak, having averaged 15.7 points per game from December 21 through January 12 (second on the team). Forward Corey Maggette also poured in 21, exceeding his season average of 11.4 points per game.
- Wizards guard John Wall came into tonight's game ranked 5th in the league in assists per game (9.1). He tallied 13 tonight, two away from his season and career high. Wall also logged 10 points and six boards.
- Guard Nick Young came into tonight's game as the Wizards leading scorer (averaging 16.5 points per game); he notched 21. Forward Andray Blatche, Washington's second leading scorer coming into the game (16.3 per game), led the team in scoring tonight with 23.
- Coming into tonight's contest, the Wizards ranked 23rd in the league in field goal percent (44.2) and 22nd in scoring (96.9). Washington shot 50 percent in the first half, but the Bucks locked down in the second half, holding Washington to 37.1 percent in the second half and 44.3 percent overall.
- The Bucks were ranked last in the league in field goal percentage (41.9 percent per game) coming into the game. After shooting 27.8 in the first quarter and 41.7 percent in the first half, Milwaukee sharpened their aim to shoot 47.9 cumulatively. The Bucks are now 7-3 when shooting between 45 and 49.9 percent from the field.
- During a period spanning from 2:47 remaining in the third until 4:35 left in fourth, Young was the only Wizard to score, making four field goals during the span.