Washington Wizards lost a tough one to the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday night, 135-134. It came down to the wire and some pivotal plays that allowed the Wizards to stay in the game. One major play was getting Giannis Antetokounmpo to foul out in the fourth quarter with under two minutes to go. At that point, Washington was down 127-124.
Garrison Mathews found Russell Westbrook for the dunk to get them within one, but the Bucks three-point shooting just wouldn’t let up. Despite a beautiful dunk by Bradley Beal, Pat Connaughton put up two back-to-back three-point shots forcing the Wizards to take a timeout.
Beal, who finished with 42 points, hit a three-point jumper of his own to bring Washington back within two. Milwaukee’s good defensive possession was followed by a Brook Lopez put back dunk. Washington wasn’t done yet as Beal hit another three-pointer to bring them down by only one. Westbrook got the steal off a bad pass, where Mathews threw up the potential game-winning shot but didn’t go in.
Westbrook got his 179th career triple-double with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 17 assists. He even added three steals as well. Westbrook is now two triple doubles shy of tying Oscar Robertson’s record of 181, most in NBA history.
Daniel Gafford off the bench had 12 points and 10 rebounds in 14 minutes of play. Anthony Gill filled in for Rui Hachimura who was out with a non-COVID related illness. Gill scored 11 points.
As for the Bucks, Antetokounmpo had 23 points, nine rebounds and eight assists followed by Jrue Holiday with 29 points of his own. The highlight for the Bucks was their bench who combined for 53 points led by Connaughton with 16 points.
The Wizards are now 0-3 versus the Bucks this season and have their fourth loss in 17 games which is still remarkable for a team who was counted out long ago in the beginning.
Washington heads to Tampa to take on the Toronto Raptors who they’ve lost two games to this season already. Before the loss, Washington was about four games ahead of the Raptors to hold the final spot of the play-in tournament. They play Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. ET in a back-to-back.