NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, April 12th
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Bucks (15-64) at Washington Wizards (41-38), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Wizards edged into sixth place in the
Eastern Conference and will try to stay in that position Saturday night when
they welcome the Milwaukee Bucks to the Verizon Center.
The Wizards moved ahead of Charlotte on Friday night with a 96-86 road victory
over the Orlando Magic, while the Bobcats lost at Boston. Washington and
Charlotte were dead even, but the Bobcats own the tiebreaker by virtue of
their 3-1 head-to-head record.
Nene scored a team-high 17 points and John Wall finished with 10 points and 12
assists to lead the Wizards over the Magic on Friday.
Bradley Beal finished with 16 points while Trevor Booker and Marcin Gortat
added 14 and 12 points, respectively, for the Wizards.
Neither team shot the ball very well on Friday with both squads under 42
percent from the field. The Wizards shot 2-for-19 from long range. Orlando
built a 12-point lead after the first quarter, but the Wiz continued to fight
back throughout the contest.
"It's great to win a game like this. I don't think anybody shot the ball well.
I think we shot like 10 percent from the 3-point line so it was definitely a
great defensive effort by us," Beal said. "They got up early again on us, but
I think we did a great job of sticking with it defensively and that's what won
The Wizards host the Miami Heat on Monday, then close the regular season in
Boston on Wednesday.
Milwaukee, meanwhile, has a chance to earn back-to-back wins for the first
time all season. The Bucks ended a six-game losing streak Friday night with a
119-116 home victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Brandon Knight scored 24 points and Ramon Sessions tallied 20 points and seven
assists for the Bucks, who have lost 12 straight on the road. Khris Middleton
had 17 points, Zaza Pachulia 16, John Henson 15 and Chris Wright 14 for the
"A win is a win. Personally, I love winning. It's a weight off your
shoulders," said Henson. "We finally finished out a game. If we can win these
next three, it'll feel even better."
The Bucks scored 58 points in the paint. Prior to Friday, the Cavaliers had
allowed fewer than 45 points in the paint in 18 consecutive games, which was
the longest active streak in the NBA.
At 15-64, the Bucks hold the worst record in the NBA. That is two games clear
of Philadelphia (17-62), which lost at Memphis Friday night.
The Wizards have won two of three this season, but did fall at home to the
Bucks on Dec. 6. Milwaukee is 4-2 in its last six visits to our nation's
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