Washington (23-18) at Milwaukee (17-27)

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  • Game info: 6:00 pm EST Sun Jan 27, 2008
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The Washington Wizards didn’t have to face Michael Redd in their most recent road victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Even with Redd back in the lineup, they could still be in good shape when the teams meet Sunday at the Bradley Center.

With the Bucks’ star out due to a deep thigh bruise, Washington (23-18) had little trouble in a 101-77 victory in Milwaukee on Jan. 4.

It was just the fourth time this season Washington held an opponent to fewer than 80 points, while it was the third-lowest scoring night of 2007-08 for Milwaukee (17-27). The Wizards limited the Bucks to 10 first-quarter points.

“(In the last game) we did not play against Michael Redd, which is one major difference,” Washington coach Eddie Jordan said of Redd, who’s averaging 23.6 points versus the Wizards. “He is a major weapon to contend with.

“We did some things up there last time that helped us without Michael Redd, but the things we did last time probably won’t work this time.”

Redd, who averages 23.0 points overall, had just 12 on 5-for-14 shooting in the Bucks’ 106-75 loss at Toronto on Friday in what was their second-lowest point total of the season. He cooled off after scoring a combined 65 points on 23-for-49 (46.9 percent) shooting from the floor in his previous two games.

Though Redd has played well versus Washington, he’s missed the last two meetings between the teams, including April 1 due to a knee injury. He’s averaging 30.0 points and shooting 47.1 percent in the last five games he’s faced Washington.

Despite Redd’s success, the Bucks have lost seven of their last nine overall and three in a row to Washington, which has won in its last two trips to Milwaukee.

The Wizards, just two games behind first-place Orlando in the Southeast Division, won 104-93 over Memphis at home on Friday for its 10th victory in 15 games.

Antawn Jamison had 24 points and 12 rebounds, while Caron Butler added 19 points and made three free throws without missing to extend his streak to 60 consecutive - the longest such run since the Los Angeles LakersKobe Bryant made 62 in a row in 2005-06.

Though the Wizards led 30-9 after one quarter, they feel they should be playing better—especially after allowing a 22-point lead to be cut to six in the fourth quarter.

“We need to keep playing like we have been playing these last couple of games,” Washington’s DeShawn Stevenson said. “We need to learn how to keep the pressure on when we are up by 20 to keep the lead.”

Jamison, who averages 21.3 points per game, had 24 on 9-for-15 shooting against Milwaukee earlier this month and is averaging 20.5 points in 20 games versus the Bucks.

Milwaukee trailed by just five at halftime Friday at Toronto, but was outscored 59-33 in the second half - which included an 11-point third quarter.

“Instead of us coming together, we just went apart from each other,” Milwaukee forward Charlie Villanueva said. “You don’t win ballgames like that.”

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