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Wall Helps Wizards Hold Off Bucks

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 13: John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards passes against Gustavo Ayon #19 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the game at the Verizon Center on March 13, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo credit: Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 13: John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards passes against Gustavo Ayon #19 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the game at the Verizon Center on March 13, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo credit: Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — John Wall had 23 points and 10 assists, and the Washington Wizards beat the Milwaukee Bucks 106-93 Wednesday night.

Wall and Wizards coach Randy Wittman appeared to exchange unpleasant words during a timeout late in the third quarter, but Wall rallied with eight fourth-quarter points to hold off the Bucks’ comeback.

It was Wall’s seventh double-double of the season. He also added six rebounds and four steals.

The Wizards (21-42) have won three straight home games and eight of 11 in Washington.

Monta Ellis scored 26 points for the Bucks (32-31).

Martell Webster scored 20 points, his third straight game with at least 17. Nene had 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Trevor Booker had 13 points and 12 boards. Garrett Temple added 13 points.

Trevor Ariza (knee) was a game-time decision, but he scored 14 points in 30 minutes.

Ersan Ilyasova posted 21 points and 12 rebounds for Milwaukee.

Larry Sanders had 17 points and 11 rebounds before being ejected late in the fourth quarter. Sanders committed an offensive foul with 2:45 left and received two technical fouls while arguing the call.

J.J. Redick scored 16 points, and Brandon Jennings added eight points and 10 assists.

Led by Webster’s 13 points, the Wizards had a 30-21 advantage after the first quarter. A 14-0 run expanded Washington’s lead to 54-35 in the second quarter.

The Wizards led by 20 points in third quarter, then opened the fourth with a 7-0 run before pulling away.

The Wizards played without Bradley Beal, who missed his fifth straight game with a sprained left ankle.

Beal led the Wizards in points during the teams’ first two matchups this season, scoring 22 in a November loss and 28 in a February win.

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