WASHINGTON (AP) Bradley Beal scored 30 points and the Washington Wizards beat the Milwaukee Bucks 101-94 on Sunday night.
Beal played his second game of the season with at least 30 points. He’s averaged over 30 in each of the past two seasons.
Known for much of his scoring career, Beal felt defense was key tonight as Washington held an opponent under 100 for the second game in a row and the third time this season.
âWe made it difficult for them,â Beal said after the Wizards limited the Bucks to 39% on shots.
âI feel like I played a playoff game tonight,â Beal added later.
Kyle Kuzma added 15 points and 10 rebounds to help Washington end an eight-game losing streak in the series with the Bucks. Montrezl Harrell also had 15 points and Daniel Gafford added 11.
At 7-3, Washington is off to its best start since the 2014-15 season.
âI think we were able to pull ourselves together relatively quickly with so many pieces,â said first year coach Wes Unseld Jr. âIt’s a lot to ask, but for the most part our guys have been great with it. our efforts and have clung to what we are trying to do. â
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 29 points and 18 rebounds for defending champion Bucks. They lost five of six to fall to 4-6.
Grayson Allen scored 19 points and Bobby Portis tallied 13 points and 13 rebounds as the Bucks lost Game 1 on a five-game trip.
Corey Kispert’s jumper with 2:54 left in the third gave Washington a 77-67 lead. It was Washington’s first double-digit lead since the first began. Gafford had 10 points during the quarter.
Washington led 82-71 after the third. The Wizards shot 56% in the quarter and held the Bucks down to just 33% to open a home and away game that saw seven ties and 18 lead changes.
Milwaukee led 52-49 at halftime despite falling into an immediate 12-0 hole to start the game. Washington made 11 turnovers in the first half and finished with 19.
Bucks: Antetokounmpo passed Sidney Moncrief to second on Milwaukee’s assists list with three in the first half and now has 2,691. Paul Pressey is first at 3,272. Milwaukee was given a technical foul in the second quarter – and a field goal denied – for playing with six players. . F Khris Middleton, Milwaukee’s second-highest scorer, missed his fourth straight game after testing positive for COVID-19. Players must be absent for at least 10 days after testing positive.
Wizards: Beal missed his only free throw of the game. It was his first miss of the season after playing all 35 in eight games. â¦ Washington recorded eight turnovers in the first quarter. . Spencer Dinwiddie scored six points on 2 of 8 shots, but his 3 points with 20 seconds left helped seal the game.
VISIT OF THE WHITE HOUSE
The Bucks will travel to the White House on Monday to celebrate their NBA title.
âIt doesn’t happen every day,â said Budenholzer. âI think the players will be looking forward to it. Tomorrow will be a great memory. ”
Antetokounmpo played 39 minutes, a season high, and Budenholzer then admitted his star wanted to stay on the ground longer than usual.
“Giannis was in this frame of mind that he wanted to play a lot,” said Budenholzer. âIt’s up to me to keep it in a good place. I like his spirit tonight. ”
Washington honored great franchisor and Hall of Fame member Bob Dandridge throughout the game, which included a halftime tribute on the video board. Dandridge played for the Washington Bullets for four seasons (1977-81) and was a key part of the 1978 Championship squad. Dandridge was drafted by Milwaukee in 1969 and played nine seasons in total for the Bucks, winning a title in 1971. Dandridge, 73, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in September.
Bucks: In Philadelphia Tuesday night.
Wizards: In Cleveland Wednesday night.
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