Wiz Dealt Tough Loss In Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE (AP) Ersan Ilyasova scored on a tip-in with 2.2 seconds left and the Milwaukee Bucks beat Washington 119-118 on Tuesday night, handing the Wizards their fifth consecutive defeat.
Mike Dunleavy scored a season-high 28 points for the Bucks, who snapped a six-game losing streak at home.
Brandon Jennings took an inbounds pass with 6.8 seconds left and drove left of the lane, attempting a short jumper. It bounced off the rim, but Ilyasova had position and tipped in the miss for the winning points.
John Wall then got an inbounds pass on the baseline for Washington but was called for traveling with 1 second to go without getting off a shot.
Wall gave the Wizards a 118-117 lead when he drove around Jennings and scored on a running, 8-foot jumper with 6.8 seconds remaining.
Jennings finished with 14 points and 10 assists. Drew Gooden, who returned after missing four games with a sprained right wrist, had 15 points and 10 rebounds but landed hard on his back in the third quarter and did not return.
Trevor Booker scored 20 points while Wall and Jordan Crawford added 19 apiece for Washington.
Milwaukee opened a 22-point lead in the first half, but Washington hit six 3-pointers in the third quarter to get back in the game.
Dunleavy made a pair of free throws with 1:21 left to give Milwaukee a 117-114 lead before Booker drove the lane and scored on a dunk to bring the Wizards within 117-116 with 1:05 to go.
Dunleavy and Jennings each missed 3-point attempts on the next possession, but Booker missed a tip on the other end.
Jennings drove to the basket but dribbled the ball off his foot with 12 seconds left, giving Washington a chance to win the game.
Wall scored to give the Wizards a brief lead before Ilyasova’s clutch tip-in.
Washington erased a 14-point halftime deficit and took an 81-79 lead when Maurice Evans stripped Carlos Delfino and sprinted to a breakaway layup with 4:16 to go in the third quarter.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored on a rebound with 1 second left to give Milwaukee a 92-89 lead after three quarters.
Milwaukee took its biggest lead, 55-33, on Dunleavy’s 3-pointer with 5:35 left in the second. The Bucks ran off 13 consecutive points in the 30-12 run to open a commanding cushion.
Dunleavy had 16 points in the second quarter, including four 3-pointers, and Milwaukee took a 67-53 advantage into halftime.
NOTES: Gooden went to the locker room for a few minutes in the third quarter after being fouled by Chris Singleton. Gooden landed on his back with a loud thud and returned to the bench but not the game. … The 67 points scored by the Bucks in the first half were their most in a half this season, surpassing a 65-point first half in their first meeting with Washington on Dec. 30. … Rookie F Tobias Harris returned after missing three games with a bruised right shoulder.