It wasn’t expected for the Washington Wizards to keep the game so close with the Milwaukee Bucks, but they did. Just wasn’t the outcome anyone wanted.
The Wizards (14-23) couldn’t get the job done against the Bucks (24-14) losing a close one, 125-119. This may have been one of the best games from Washington, despite not having Bradley Beal and Davis Bertans. Russell Westbrook continued to show that he can score triple-doubles in his sleep as he finished with 42 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.
Westbrook was one of the reasons the Wizards remained in this game especially in the fourth quarter. With 41 seconds left, Washington was down 119-116 until Westbrook hit a 28-foot corner three-pointer to tie it 119-all.
But the Bucks hit six free throws, four of which came from Khris Middleton, that sealed the game and the win.
Rui Hachimura was lowkey the star of the game for the Wizards proving he should definitely be the third-option on the Wizards team. Hachimura had a double-double, 29 points and 11 rebounds, after coming off a nine-point no rebound game on Friday night against the Philadelphia 76ers. Of his 29 points, 19 came in the first half along with solid defense.
Rui Hachimura with the first 20-10 game of his career: 29 points and 11 rebounds. ⼋ #WizBucks | @rui_8mura pic.twitter.com/wIIldw6tAm— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) March 14, 2021
As for the Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo had a triple-double night with 33 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Including him all the Bucks’ starters were in double figures. Milwaukee’s bench even added 37 points.
Washington isn’t starting off so hot post All-Star break, but we’re sure they’ll bounce back especially if they want a shot at securing a playoff spot. Every game matters, but even more with this being the second half of the season.
The Wizards and Bucks will meet again on Monday night at 7 p.m. ET at Capital One Arena. The game will be televised on NBC Sports Washington.