Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 12/2

Game 1: Friday, December 2nd
Game 2: Wednesday, April 12th
Game 3: Tuesday, April 18th

Wizards 97

(39-39, 14-25 away)

Bucks 100

(38-40, 24-15 home)

7:00 PM ET, April 12, 2006

BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

1 2 3 4 T
WSH 23 22 23 2997
MIL 24 23 25 28100

Top Performers

Washington: J. Jeffries 20 Pts, 8 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

Milwaukee: M. Redd 24 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

Bucks fend off Wizards, keep hold on seventh

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Michael Redd asked for a little help. His Milwaukee Bucks teammates gave him just what he needed.

Redd scored 21 second-half points and hit the winning basket with 19 seconds to play, T.J. Ford made a key steal in the final seconds, and the Bucks beat the Washington Wizards 100-97 on Wednesday night.

"I just wanted the ball in my hands at the end of the game and wanted to make a play -- either to myself or somebody else," Redd said. "I just made a move and thankfully, it went in."

The Bucks snapped a four-game losing streak and are tied with Indiana for sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Washington now has lost four straight, but remains in fifth, a game ahead of Milwaukee and Indiana.

The Bucks would surpass both in tiebreakers for the fifth seed if Milwaukee wins its final four games, regardless of what happens with the Wizards and Pacers.

"It's easier said than done when you look at the schedule," said Ford, who finished with 16 points. "We put ourselves in this situation, but hey, I think it's only going to make us better. We definitely play together."

Redd, who finished with 24 points, had publicly called for his Milwaukee teammates to be more relaxed, even taking several teammates to a wrestling match in town earlier in the week to relax. The Bucks obliged, with Andrew Bogut scoring 17 points, Joe Smith 14 and Toni Kukoc adding 10.

In the locker room afterward, Bobby Simmons flexed his muscles at Redd, who laughed as he lost his train of thought.

"I'm trying to be that positive, be that encourager," Redd said. "We're in great position to still win a playoff (series)."

Gilbert Arenas scored 25 points, Antonio Daniels 21, Jared Jeffries a career-high 20 and Antawn Jamison 16 for the Wizards.

Milwaukee led by six with 2:28 left, but Washington tied it at 94 with 48 seconds to play on Jamison's 4-foot runner in the lane.

Redd hit a turnaround layup off Daniels with 36 seconds left to give the Bucks a 96-94 lead, but Jamison answered with a 3-pointer with 28 seconds to play to give the Wizards their first lead since early in the third at 97-96.

On the next possession, Redd again backed down Daniels, turning the other direction on the short jumper to give the Bucks a 98-97 lead with 19 seconds to play.

"He hit two big shots, the second one, a 10-to-15 foot fadeaway. That kind of shot you have to live with," Daniels said.

Arenas was stripped by Ford with 1.4 seconds left, and Ford, who had five steals, hit two free throws for the final margin. The Wizards didn't get a shot off in time at the buzzer.

"I was just careless with the pump fake," Arenas said. "He snatched the ball from me. I thought he was going to actually jump for it since it was winding down. He held his ground."

Said Ford: "The first move he gave to me, he didn't fool me with it. He brought the ball back to me, and I was able to take it from him."

Jeffries, who had his previous career high on Monday with 16 points in Philadelphia, scored 11 points at the end of the first. He had surpassed his career high 36 seconds into the third quarter with a dunk, but was quiet for most of the second half and didn't talk to reporters after the game.

With Caron Butler missing another game due to a thumb sprain and Jamison in early foul trouble, it left Arenas to shoulder the load.

Even with Jeffries help, it wasn't enough.

Game notes

Bucks G Charlie Bell, who came into the game with 12 consecutive double-digit performances after having just 10 in the first 65 contests, was scoreless. ... Butler missed his fourth game with a sprained right thumb. Coach Eddie Jordan said he hoped Butler will return against Cleveland on Sunday, at the latest. ... The Wizards and Bucks meet again in Washington on Tuesday in Milwaukee's season finale. The Wizards' finale is the next night at Detroit. ... Wizards C Etan Thomas made his eighth start of the season after missing two games with a sprained back.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 97 100
FGM-FGA 34-78 (.436) 35-69 (.507)
3PM-3PA 8-22 (.364) 4-18 (.222)
FTM-FTA 21-32 (.656) 26-31 (.839)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-43 4-32
Assists 18 23
Turnovers 19 14
Steals 9 10
Blocks 5 1
Fast Break Points 16 20
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 23 (1/1)
Largest Lead 7 10

Top Performers

Jared Jeffries Jeffries
Points: 20
Reb: 8
Ast: 5
Stl: 1
Blk: 1
Michael Redd Redd
Points: 24
Reb: 3
Ast: 2
Stl: 1
Blk: 0