Marcin Gortat put up 25 points and recorded 8 rebounds to lead the Washington Wizards to a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, 100-92. The Wizards had a strong shooting performance in this game, finishing 37-74 (50.0%). Washington (7-8) is now on a 3-game winning streak.
Gortat finished 11-12, in a strong performance. Other key players for Washington included John Wall with 19 points and 6 assists, and Martell Webster with 18 points and 7 assists. Despite the loss, O.J. Mayo scored 21 points for Milwaukee on 9-23 shooting, including 3-7 from behind the arc. He also added 7 rebounds. Khris Middleton chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds and Ersan Ilyasova finished with 12 points and 6 rebounds.
As expected, the Bucks offense, which averages the third-most errors in the NBA (TO% of 17.5%), struggled with 22 turnovers against a Washington defense that forces the second-most (opponents' TO% of 18.3%).
Milwaukee (2-12) has now lost 10 consecutive games.
Coming up next, the Wizards square off against the Indiana Pacers, who are 14-1 on the year. The Bucks match up with the Charlotte Bobcats, currently 7-9 this season. The Bucks are 0-1 versus Charlotte this season.