Milwaukee within two of eighth playoff spot

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Associated Press
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
— Brandon Jennings put up 17 of his 19 points in the third quarter. All 10 of Shaun Livingston’s points came in the fourth, when he went 5 for 5 from the floor. Ekpe Udoh, in just his 10th game with the Bucks, chipped in 15 points, eight rebounds and a career-high five assists.

It’s time for Milwaukee to make a move if it’s going to grab the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, especially now that the Bucks have hit a favorable stretch in the schedule. Monday night’s 112-98 victory over the Washington Wizards was a promising step.

The Bucks moved within two games of the eighth-place New York Knicks with a five-game homestand on tap. The next three opponents—Cleveland, Charlotte and Portland—have losing records. Then comes Oklahoma City and a big-time showdown with the Knicks.

“If you want to talk about what’s the most important games, I’d have to say all five of these at home—just from the fact that we’ve been struggling at home lately,” Jennings said. “But a good thing is we’ll be back at home, be able to rest in our home bed, do our regular thing that we do every day. Hopefully that can give us a lot of confidence.”

Monta Ellis added 17 points. Mike Dunleavy also had 17, while Ersan Ilyasova had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Jennings also finished with seven assists and six rebounds.

That makes six players in double figures for the Bucks, who shot 52 percent and outrebounded the Wizards, 48-35.

Jordan Crawford scored 23 points to lead the Wizards. Rookie Jan Vesely scored a career-high 14 points, and Kevin Seraphin had 15.

John Wall finished with 14 points, nine assists and six rebounds while shooting just 4 for 13.

The Wizards have lost seven of eight.

Last updated: 8:13 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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