Instant analysis: Wizards 114, Bucks 107

Instant analysis: Wizards 114, Bucks 107
March 8, 2014, 11:15 pm
(Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

In what appeared to be a blowout, the Wizards came unraveled after a 75-point first half -- their best of the season -- and held off a late charge to win for the second time in as many meetings at the Milwaukee Bucks. It was their fifth consecutive road victory to match their longest such streak in 13 years. They're 8-2 since the All-Star break which is best in the NBA. 

Trevor Ariza scored 20 of his game-high 28 points in the first half as Washington (33-29)  led by as many as 28. Bradley Beal had 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter. John Wall only had nine points on 4-for-14 shooting and a game-high 13 assists to offset his game-high seven turnovers. 

The Wizards led 75-53 at halftime but produced another sloppy third quarter as the Bucks (12-50) trimmed the deficit to 85-74 entering the fourth.

Ramon Sessions, John Henson and Jeff Adrien came off the bench to spark the comeback as they combined for 34 points. Brandon Knight led the Bucks with 25 points. 

In Martell Webster's return after missing two games with a sore back, he led Washington's bench with 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting. The reserves contributed 39 points total. 

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Turning point: After free throws from Ersan Ilyasova cut the Wizards' lead to 104-101 with 2:13 left in the fourth, Beal drove from the baseline for a layup and then Wall found him spotting up in the same spot for a three-pointer for an eight-point lead at 1:23 to squash the rally.

Key stat: The Wizards were outscored 21-10 in the third quarter, a season-low, when they went the first 7:02 without a point.

The return: Drew Gooden, released after 16 games in Milwaukee via the amnesty clause last season, came off the bench to post his second strong game with 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting, five rebounds and two blocks in 17 minutes. He collected a pair of airballs from Andre Miller for putbacks to get the Wizards key buckets in the second half to stabilize them during Milwaukee's runs. 

From the locker room: "We thought the game was over to start the third. ... We made this game a lot harder than it should've been. We let them get into a rhythm and feeling comfortable. We've got to do a better job than that." -- Wall

"We've got guys that still need to learn that a game is never over in the NBA. We came out and played in the third quarter and played like we're going to run the clock out and go on home. We played the exact opposite of the way we did in the first half. We've got to learn. This should've been a game I could've rested some guys. That's important down the stretch anytime you can do that. ... We took shortcuts defensively. We just stopped playing." -- Wizards coach Randy Wittman

"We've learned enough from our mistakes in the past. It was unacceptable the effort we put forth in the second half." -- Webster 

Up next: The Wizards will travel to Miami where they'll practice Sunday, shoot around early Monday and play the Heat (CSN+, 7:30 p.m. ET).