Paul Pierce led the Wizards with 25 points and John Wall contributed with yet another impressive stat line of 19 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds, and 5 steals as the Wizards beat the Bucks 111-100. As expected, the Wizards came out very lethargic and uninspired after an emotional win against the Cavs the night before. The 50/50 balls, hustle, energy, was all going the Bucks way in the first half. As evidence, the Wizards turned the ball over 5 times in the first 5 minutes of the game.
Throughout the rough patches of the game, Paul Pierce continued to stay aggressive going right at his man and attacking the hoop. On the other side of the ball, Brandon Knight led the Bucks with 27 points and him and Giannis Antekenenmpo were the main reasons the Bucks were able to stretch their lead to 15 at one point. The usual energetic bench was not that in the first half either. Shots that usually fall weren’t but the Wizards were able to cut the lead to 5 at halftime thanks to 5 points in the last minute of the half by John Wall.
The start of the third quarter changed the course of this game. The Bucks did not score their first field goal of the quarter until the 6 minute mark when OJ Mayo hit a jump shot in the lane. The Wizards really locked down on defense and out rebounded the Bucks 53-34 for the game.
The #Benchmob picked things up with the big men getting involved early in the 4th. Back to back buckets by Kevin Seraphin and Kris Humphries helped open up the lead. Active play by Drew Gooden who replaced an injured Nene at halftime was a big lift as well.
When the Wizards were struggling and needed a bucket, the Truth was there. He hit 4 three pointers and several timely buckets whenever the Wizards were struggling to score. The only thing that stopped him was foul trouble. Paul fouled out with just under two minutes remaining on a call that was originally called a charge. He signed his shoes and gave them to a lucky fan wearing his high school throw back jersey. The win moves the Wizards to 9-3.