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Associated Press
February 10, 2011
— The Washington Wizards were finally winners again Wednesday night, snapping an eight-game skid with a 100-85 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Rookie John Wall had 15 points, six assists and seven rebounds one night after returning to his old school to watch Kentucky beat Tennessee. Wall left Washington after Tuesday’s practice, sat courtside, got a standing ovation, spoke to the Wildcats in the locker room, flew back home and tucked himself in at his usual wee-hours time.


Brandon Jennings scored 20 points to lead the Bucks, who have lost five of six and fell 2½ games behind the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Milwaukee was hoping to build some momentum after a home win over Toronto on Tuesday, but, as coach Scott Skiles said before the game: “We haven’t done a good enough job this year of beating teams around or below our own record.”


“We needed this win tonight. It’s important for us to beat these teams that we’re capable of beating,” said Corey Maggette, who scored 10 points. “We took a step back.”


WASHINGTON 100, MILWAUKEE 85

Milwaukee (85)—Maggette 5-12 0-1 10, Ilyasova 4-10 0-0 10, Bogut 6-12 0-3 12, Jennings 9-24 1-2 20, Salmons 6-13 1-1 14, Delfino 4-9 0-0 8, Mbah a Moute 0-1 0-2 0, Brockman 1-1 1-1 3, Dooling 2-5 2-2 6, Boykins 1-1 0-0 2, Douglas-Roberts 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 38-88 5-12 85.


Washington (100)—Lewis 1-5 1-2 3, Blatche 4-10 4-4 12, McGee 6-11 4-4 16, Wall 5-9 4-4 15, Young 10-19 3-3 26, Hinrich 4-11 1-1 10, Seraphin 1-2 0-0 2, Martin 5-8 0-0 15, Booker 0-1 1-2 1, Armstrong 0-0 0-0 0. Totals:36-76 18-20 100.


Milwaukee 19 18 23 25—85


Washington 22 25 30 23—100


Three-point goals—Milwaukee 4-14 (Ilyasova 2-2, Salmons 1-1, Jennings 1-6, Maggette 0-1, Delfino 0-2, Dooling 0-2), Washington 10-16 (Martin 5-7, Young 3-5, Hinrich 1-1, Wall 1-1, Lewis 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Milwaukee 46 (Bogut 11), Washington 53 (McGee 17). Assists—Milwaukee 20 (Dooling, Jennings, Bogut 4), Washington 19 (Wall 6). Total Fouls—Milwaukee 15, Washington 20. Technicals—Milwaukee defensive three second, Blatche.


Attendance—16,108.



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