Role players key Wizards win over Bucks
The Wizards only had two healthy guards, but they held on to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 106-93 on Wednesday at Verizon Center. It was their eight home victory in 11 games.
Player of the game: Wizards PG John Wall had a team-high 23 points on 10-for-19 shooting, 10 assists, six rebounds and four steals. He had only two turnovers.
The rundown: Martell Webster opened with 13 points, hitting three three-pointers to get the Wizards (21-42) out to a 30-21 lead in the first quarter. PG John Wall had five assists and four rebounds. The Bucks (32-31) made a run in the second quarter when J.J. Redick buried three three-pointers -- to a chorus of boos for the former Duke standout –- and they cut it to 38-33. The Wizards went on a 16-2 late in second quarter to enter halftime ahead 60-44 as SF Trevor Ariza came off the bench to contribute seven points. Ersan Ilyasova and Monta Ellis heated up in the third to help Milwaukee regain the lead. Washington responded with Trevor Booker scoring nine points in the fourth and Webster and Ariza hitting three-pointers to seal the outcome.
Turning point: After the Bucks erased what was a 20-point lead to enter the fourth ahead 78-75, the Wizards responded with an 18-6 run. Nene put back a missed free throw from Booker and then made an interior pass to Booker for a dunk as the Wizards surged ahead at 93-84 with 6:23 left.
Bench spark: Booker hadn't reached double figures since Feb. 19, but his energy got the Wizards over the hump. His three-point play helped the Wizards go on top again at 80-78 and they didn't look back.
Heavy minutes: The Wizards were without backup PG A.J. Price (groin) and SG Bradley Beal (left ankle) missed his fifth consecutive game, so they only had two healthy guards. Wall played a season-high 43 minutes and SG Garrett Temple 41. Temple had just 11 points in six appearances this month, including two starts. He was 6-for-7 for 13 points, four assists and three rebounds. His season-high is 15 points on Feb. 4.
Who’s next: Friday vs. New Orleans Hornets (CSN, 7 p.m. ET). They lost to the Brooklyn Nets, 108-98 on Tuesday to fall to 22-43.