Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 12/6

Game 1: Saturday, December 6th
Game 2: Sunday, January 4th
Game 3: Sunday, February 22nd
Game 4: Wednesday, April 7th

Bucks 100

(17-16, 6-12 away)

Wizards 94

(9-22, 5-9 home)

    Coverage: WBDC

    2:00 PM ET, January 4, 2004

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 28 27 27 18100
    WSH 33 22 19 2094

    Top Performers

    Milwaukee: M. Redd 27 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Stl

    Washington: K. Brown 23 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Wizards drop six of last seven

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- For the sixth time this season, the Milwaukee Bucks are one game over .500.

    Two games over .500? That would be brand new territory.

    The NBA's ultimate break-even team got into the black again Sunday with a 100-94 victory over the Washington Wizards.

    "We're fighting it," coach Terry Porter said with a laugh. "We're going up and down."

    Michael Redd scored 18 of his 27 points in the second half, and Tim Thomas added 23 points for the Bucks, who have been at .500 following 11 of their 33 games but are yet to get to two above. They have some momentum, though, having beaten Dallas at home on Friday.

    "We have a great stretch now of playing really good basketball," said Redd, who is averaging 23.2 points over his last six games. "A lot of people didn't expect us to be this far ahead. We've proved all the critics wrong. There's no egos on this team. There's no superstars, really. We're just out there playing hard together."

    Kwame Brown scored a career-high 23 points and had 11 rebounds for the Wizards, who have lost six of their last seven. Eighteen of Brown's points came in a 10-minute stretch in the first half, perhaps the best run ever in the disappointing career of the 2001 No. 1 overall draft pick.

    But Brown asked to come out of the game because he was tired and didn't return until well into the second half. He missed a follow-up dunk off a missed shot that would have cut the lead to one in the final 90 seconds.

    Brown said his first-half play was no big deal.

    "Everybody's giving me so much credit, but if you go back and look at the tape, I did nothing but be in the right place at the right time," Brown said. "Guys penetrated; they do it every game. If they penetrate and kick, I'll have those numbers every game."

    Washington point guard Gilbert Arenas had another temperamental day. He missed the pregame shootaround because he was playing pool in the players' lounge, so coach Eddie Jordan left him out of the starting lineup. Arenas scored 18 points, but was called for a technical for arguing a foul call with one minute to play, costing Washington a vital point.

    Then there was Larry Hughes, who missed 18 of his last 19 shots after a 4-for-4 start.

    Regarding both Arenas and Hughes, Jordan said: "I've got to live with some of this stuff. That's the way we are. That's the personnel we have. We're growing. I've got to learn my team, and they've got to learn how to play."

    Both teams shot better than 60 percent in a fast-moving first quarter, but the game slowed to a crawl with 43 fouls called over the final three quarters.

    Redd scored all the points in a 7-0 run -- with a 3-pointer, a drive to the basket and a pair of free throws -- to give the Bucks an eight-point lead late in the third quarter. His 3-pointer restored an eight-point lead midway through the fourth, and Brian Skinner's steal and fast-break dunk with two minutes remaining helped keep the Wizards at bay.

    Game notes

    The Bucks broke a three-game road losing streak. ... Steve Blake started at point guard for the Wizards in place of Arenas, who entered with 5:42 left in the first quarter.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 100 94
    FGM-FGA 34-75 (.453) 35-79 (.443)
    3PM-3PA 5-11 (.455) 4-12 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 27-37 (.730) 20-31 (.645)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-39 16-48
    Assists 21 21
    Turnovers 13 19
    Steals 8 6
    Blocks 6 8
    Fast Break Points 3 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 31 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Michael Redd Redd
    Points: 27
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Kwame Brown Brown
    Points: 23
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2