Wizards 102, Bucks 90

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MILWAUKEE -- Bradley Beal scored 28 points off the bench and Nene scored 21 on 10-of-13 shooting and pulled down 11 rebounds as the Washington Wizards beat the Milwaukee Bucks 102-90 Monday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

The Wizards extended their winning streak to a season-high four games by shooting 56.8 percent from the field and making 14 of 17 free throws while holding Milwaukee to just 36-of-95 (37.9 percent) from the field and 5-of-23 from beyond the arc.

Monta Ellis led Milwaukee, which has lost four straight and five of the last seven, with 24 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, and Ersan Ilyasova scored 19 points with nine rebounds.

Washington started slowly, falling behind by 10 late in the first quarter but closed the quarter on a 9-2 run to cut the deficit to 32-29.

Ellis and Brandon Jennings combined to make just 6 of 21 shots in the first half for Milwaukee, which trailed by eight, 55-47, at the break. Mike Dunleavy came off the bench and scored 11 in the third period to get the Bucks within three, 74-81, heading into the fourth.

Three points would be as close as Milwaukee could get. The Wizards went up by 12, 90-78, on two free throws by Beal with 6:35 remaining. Jennings hit a pull-up three-pointer from the top of the key with 2:38 left to get Milwaukee within six, 96-90, but the Wizards answered with a Nene jumper, and Samuel Dalembert turned it over on the Bucks' next possession.

John Wall hit a pair of free throws with 1:45 to play, and once again, the Wizards were up by 10.

NOTES: Milwaukee's Larry Sanders missed his third consecutive game with a bruised back and will get a second opinion on the injury, suffered last week in Denver. Bucks head coach Jim Boylan has not completely ruled Sanders, the team leader with 8.5 rebounds and a league-best 3.2 blocks per game, out for Milwaukee's first-half finale Wednesday against Philadelphia. "It's been kind of day-to-day thing, so we'll see where we stand tomorrow and Wednesday," Boylan said ... Washington came into the game having won three straight and 10 of its last 17, but Wizards head coach Randy Whittman would like to see his team improve on its 3-21 road record. "Nothing needs to change. We've got to play the same way we've been playing, and continue that on the road now," Wittman said ... Dalembert had recorded a double-double in his three previous games, averaging 19.7 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.3 blocks. He had six points and seven boards on Monday ... The Wizards have held their last five opponents to under 100 points.
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