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                        === Wizards take down Bucks ===
 Milwaukee,  WI (  - Trevor  Ariza netted  18 points  and the
 Washington  Wizards held  off the  Milwaukee  Bucks, 114-107,  at the  Bradley
 Ariza  shot 9-of-12  from the field and  Bradley Beal scored 23 points to help
 Washington  to its  eighth win in nine  games. Both Ariza and Beal hit five 3-
 Martell  Webster and  Drew Gooden  added 15  and 13  points, respectively,  in
 reserve  roles for  the Wizards, while John Wall finished with nine points and
 13 assists.
 Brandon Knight led six Bucks in double figures with 25 points.
 Milwaukee's  lone  lead of the contest  came midway through the first quarter,
 when  Khris  Middleton's jumper  made it 15-13.  Washington took control after
 that, pushing the spread to 36-27 after 12 minutes.
 Gooden  opened the second with a jumper to spark a 16-4 surge, which he capped
 with  his  first 3-pointer  of the  season at 7:40  of the  period for a 52-31
 advantage.  Beal  and Ariza hit back-to-back  threes minutes later as the lead
 reached 66-39.
 Washington  led by as many as 28 in the first half and owned a 75-53 advantage
 at the break.
 "When  you're down  that much, to fight back  it takes a lot out of the tank,"
 said  Knight. "We've  got to do a  better job of not putting ourselves in that
 position early in the game."
 The  Bucks  chipped away during the  third quarter and made things interesting
 early  in the  fourth. A  pair of  Giannis Antetokounmpo  free throws  had the
 visitors within 85-78 a minute into the final frame.
 "We've  got guys  that need to learn that  the game is never over in the NBA,"
 said  Washington  head coach Randy Wittman.  "We came out in the third quarter
 like we were going to run the clock out and go on home."
 Later  on, Ersan  Ilyasova  made two  at  the  stripe with  2:13  to play,  as
 Washington's  once comfortable  margin was down to 104-101. Beal made sure the
 Wizards  would  leave with a  win, however,  scoring five straight before John
 Wall's 3-ball iced it with 59 seconds left.
                                   Game Notes
 The  Wizards  have won  five straight away  from home ...  The Bucks have lost
 three straight and five of six ... Bucks guard O.J. Mayo was suspended for the
 game  after "forcibly striking" New Orleans center Greg Stiemsma on Friday ...
 Middleton  scored 15  points, Ramon Sessions had 14 for Milwaukee and Ilyasova
 scored 13 with eight boards.
 03/09 01:37:49 ET