WASHINGTON -- The Washington Wizards let all of a 20-point lead slip away, but they still came away with a 106-93 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.
The Wizards (21-42) went from up 66-46 early in the third quarter to trailing 78-75 entering the fourth after Ersan Ilyasova's offense keyed 32-9 run for the Bucks. Instead of fading away against the potential playoff team, Washington scored the first seven points of the final period and turned the momentum into an 18-6 spurt.
John Wall led Washington with 23 points and 10 assists.
Wall scored eight in the fourth quarter, and his consecutive made jumpers gave the Wizards a 99-88 lead with 3:55 remaining. The point guard had four steals, six rebounds and made his third 3-pointer of the season.
Nene had 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Martell Webster scored 20 points for the Wizards, who have won three straight home games and eight of 11 in Washington. Six Wizards scored in double figures, including Trevor Booker, who set season highs with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Monta Ellis scored 26 points, and Ilyasova had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Bucks (32-31), who have dropped two straight. Larry Sanders had 17 points and 11 rebounds before being ejected late in the fourth quarter after receiving two technical fouls.
The combination of Webster, Wall and Garrett Temple spurred the Wizards' offense during a 14-0 second-quarter run as Washington pulled ahead 54-35. The trio scored the final seven points in the spurt, capped by Temple's three-point play. The Wizards held a 60-44 halftime lead.
Coming off a four-game road trip and a home loss Monday night, the Bucks sputtered early and late. However, during the third-quarter rally, they made 11 of 14 field-goal attempts in one stretch, with Ilyasova scoring 10 points before the crowd of 14,506.
Webster scored 13 in the first quarter, including 11 straight for the Wizards. He made three 3-pointers in that span.
Washington's Bradley Beal missed his fifth straight game with a sprained left ankle. Starting in Beal's place, Temple made six of seven shots and scored 13 points. Trevor Ariza added 13 points.
NOTES: After finishing 1-for-2 from beyond the arc, Wall is 3-for-20 on 3-point attempts this season. ... Washington clinched the season series 2-1. The victory was first in the series for the home team. ... Milwaukee's Luc Mbah A Moute did not travel to Washington after sitting out Monday's loss against the Dallas Mavericks with a sprained toe. The 6-foot-8 forward has started 41 of the 46 games he's played in this season. Mike Dunleavy made his third start, and he finished scoreless in 26 minutes. ... In addition to Beal, the Wizards played without A.J. Price (sore right groin). Considered a game-time decision, Ariza (sore left knee) played 30 minutes. ... The Bucks scored at least 100 points in eight of their previous nine games. ... Dunleavy and Webster entered the night ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, among NBA 3-point shooters. ... In Monday's loss at Cleveland, Wall became the first Washington player since 1997 to finish with at least 27 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds. ... The Wizards host the New Orleans Hornets on Friday. On the same night, the Bucks host the Miami Heat.