Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 1/14

Game 1: Friday, January 14th
Game 2: Saturday, February 5th
Game 3: Friday, March 18th
Game 4: Monday, April 11th

Wizards 105

(21-13, 8-8 away)

Bucks 103

(12-22, 9-8 home)

    7:30 PM ET, January 14, 2005

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    WSH 31 25 20 29105
    MIL 21 26 28 28103

    Top Performers

    WSH: L. Hughes 23 Pts, 3 Reb, 8 Ast, 5 Stl

    Mil: M. Redd 20 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

    Hughes scores winning basket with 0.7 seconds left

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Some last-second heroics from Larry Hughes kept the Washington Wizards' best start in 20 seasons going.

    Hughes made a driving layup with 0.7 seconds remaining to lift the Wizards to a 105-103 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night, putting Washington eight games over .500 for the first time since 1979.

    The Bucks, who let an eight-point lead with five minutes to play slip away, came back and tied the game at 103 on Michael Redd's 3-pointer with 18.2 seconds to go. Washington called timeout to set up the final play.

    Hughes, who had 23 points, eight assists and five steals, dribbled the clock down with Desmond Mason guarding him before streaking to the hoop and laying the ball up over Mason and in. The Bucks had a full timeout remaining but failed to call it, instead settling for one final heave from well beyond midcourt.

    The Wizards were 20-15 on Jan. 8 during the 1984-85 season.

    Wizards coach Eddie Jordan has come to expect perfection down the stretch from the team that came in with the third-best record in the Eastern Conference.

    "Larry executed it perfectly," the second-year coach said. "But, we've got special guys on this team. They've got a winning attitude, a killer attitude. We've been in games like this all year long."

    Hughes sensed that Mason might have been confused on the final play.

    "He didn't know which way I was going," Hughes said.

    Mason didn't, and Hughes' shot gave the Wizards their first six-game winning streak in more than three years.

    "I feel like I'm a better defensive player than letting the guy go all the way to the basket and lay the ball in," said Mason, who admitted he didn't know the Bucks had a timeout left. "He put his head down and went straight to the basket."

    Washington, coming off a sweep of its five-game homestand, hasn't been eight games above the break-even mark since finishing the 1978-79 season with a 54-28 record.

    "We won those five in a row at home, now to win on the road, this was huge," Hughes said. "We feel great."

    Antawn Jamison scored 22 and Gilbert Arenas had 20 points for Washington, whose last six-game streak came during a stretch of nine consecutive victories from Dec. 6-22, 2001.

    "By now, the opponents should know that if they're not up by 15, don't celebrate," Arenas said. "The last six minutes is about our time where we dig down deep, get smart and figure out how to make plays happen."

    The Wizards scored 100 points for the ninth consecutive time, the franchise's longest streak since doing it 11 straight times Dec. 8-29, 1995.

    The road victory also gave the Wizards nine for the season, one better than last year's total.

    Redd had 20 points, Mason 16 and Maurice Williams added 15 points and eight assists for Milwaukee, which had won a season-high tying three consecutive games before losing two straight on the road, including a 23-point loss to Atlanta.

    Hughes hit a 3-pointer and two free throws and Juan Dixon had a jumper during a 12-0 run that gave the Wizards a 99-95 lead with 1:39 left.

    Dixon kept the Wizards close with seven points early in the fourth, including a three-point play tied the game at 83 with 8:50 to play.

    The Bucks erased the Wizards' 56-47 halftime lead by opening the third quarter with intensity. Dan Gadzuric had eight points and five rebounds, Williams added eight points and Redd and Mason six apiece during a 28-10 run ending with Gadzuric's dunk that gave the Bucks a 75-66 lead with 3:26 left in the quarter.

    Game notes

    Wizards' G Anthony Peeler did not make the trip due to right Achilles tendinitis, and swingman Jarvis Hayes was out with a mild concussion. ... The Wizards shot 23-of-41 (56.1 percent) while the Bucks went 22-of-41 (53.7 percent) in the first half. ... Etan Thomas, the forward/center the Bucks signed to an offer sheet in the offseason, played in his second game since missing the Wizards' first 32 games with an abdominal strain suffered during training camp. He was scoreless in 16 minutes.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 105 103
    FGM-FGA 35-72 (.486) 41-79 (.519)
    3PM-3PA 6-18 (.333) 1-9 (.111)
    FTM-FTA 29-41 (.707) 20-25 (.800)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-28 10-37
    Assists 21 26
    Turnovers 14 19
    Steals 14 9
    Blocks 4 1
    Fast Break Points 14 11
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 24 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 13 8

    Top Performers

    Larry Hughes Hughes
    Points: 23
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 5
    Blk: 0
    Michael Redd Redd
    Points: 20
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0