Regular Season Series (Game 2 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

Bucks 94

(17-28, 5-18 away)

Wizards 112

(27-19, 17-7 home)

    7:00 PM ET, February 5, 2005

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 19 20 31 2494
    WSH 32 32 27 21112

    Top Performers

    Milwaukee: M. James 22 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast

    Washington: G. Arenas 31 Pts, 6 Reb, 9 Ast, 6 Stl, 1 Blk

    Arenas scores 31 one night after ejection

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Gilbert Arenas didn't get tossed, and the Washington Wizards didn't blow the big lead.

    One night watching his team squander a game in Toronto after getting ejected in the third quarter, Arenas stuck around for the duration Saturday and scored 31 points as the Washington Wizards broke a four-game losing streak with a 112-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

    Once the Wizards built a 28-point lead in the third quarter, Arenas made certain there would be no flashbacks to the wasted 22-point bulge his team had Friday in a 103-100 loss in Toronto, where a mini-tantrum and ball-throwing incident sent him to the showers early.

    "I was out there. It wasn't going to happen again," Arenas said. "We just played calm, ran the floor, shared the ball."

    Arenas matched season highs with nine assists and six steals. He also grabbed six rebounds and had one of the game's two four-point plays, an NBA rarity.

    Etan Thomas scored 16 of his career-high 23 points in the second half and helped keep Milwaukee at bay whenever the Bucks got within 20. Brendan Haywood broke out of his recent scoring slump with 13 points and seven rebounds, giving the Wizards an unusually productive night from the center position.

    "You can't win a championship with just guard play," Arenas said. "Michael Jordan did it, but that's it."

    Thomas' career game came against the team that signed him to a six-year, $36.6 million offer sheet last summer, only to have the Wizards match it. Thomas said he wasn't particularly motivated to play the Bucks, mainly because he's still working his way back from an abdominal injury that cost him 32 games.

    "I'll take it anyway I can get," Thomas said. "I'm just trying to get my rhythm and find my place on the team."

    The Wizards never trailed and were never seriously threatened after taking a double-digit lead in the first quarter. They ran the Bucks ragged by converting turnovers into a 17-0 dominance in fast-break points in the first half. Washington led 64-39 at halftime and finished with a 25-6 advantage in fast-break points and a 54-26 advantage in points in the point.

    "That set the tone. We started turning it over, and they were off to the races," Milwaukee coach Terry Porter said.

    Michael Redd scored 26 points, and Mike James had 22 for the Bucks, who had a two-game winning streak snapped.

    Redd scored 20 in the third quarter, including the game's second four-point play, as the Bucks cut a 27-point deficit to 15, but another pair of fast-break baskets from the Wizards got the lead back to 20. When the Bucks tried to make a charge in the fourth, Thomas responded with back-to-back inside baskets to keep the lead safe.

    "We all stunk it up," Porter said. "We just didn't come out with the type of fire and energy that we should have."

    Game notes

    The last NBA game with two four-point plays was Orlando at Memphis on Nov. 12, 2003. The Magic's Tracy McGrady scored both of them. ... The Wizards broke a five-game home losing streak to the Bucks. ... The Bucks had outrebounded their opponents in 10 of their last 11 games, but they lost the battle of the boards 40-35 to the Wizards.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 94 112
    FGM-FGA 34-70 (.486) 42-85 (.494)
    3PM-3PA 3-9 (.333) 4-13 (.308)
    FTM-FTA 23-27 (.852) 24-32 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-35 13-40
    Assists 17 24
    Turnovers 23 12
    Steals 5 13
    Blocks 1 2
    Fast Break Points 6 25
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (0/0) 25 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 0 28

    Top Performers

    Mike James James
    Points: 22
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Gilbert Arenas Arenas
    Points: 31
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 6
    Blk: 1