Regular Season Series (Game 3 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 90

(35-28, 12-19 away)

Bucks 99

(27-37, 20-13 home)

    7:30 PM ET, March 18, 2005

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    WSH 26 17 26 2190
    MIL 23 33 23 2099

    Top Performers

    Washington: G. Arenas 27 Pts, 10 Reb, 7 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Milwaukee: J. Smith 24 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Redd, Smith combine for 50

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Gilbert Arenas missed 23 shots, each misfire helping cost the Washington Wizards a chance to solidify their playoff positioning.

    Arenas scored 27 points but shot just 12-of-35, and the Milwaukee Bucks closed the game with a 14-5 run to beat the shorthanded Wizards 99-90 Friday night.

    With Antawn Jamison placed on the injured list earlier in the day, the offensive load for the Wizards fell on Arenas and Larry Hughes. Arenas capped Washington's comeback with a 3-pointer to tie it at 85 with 4:47 left, but he took his team's final seven shots and missed them all.

    "We really wanted to clamp down on those guys (Arenas and Hughes) and make sure they didn't hurt us," said Milwaukee's Michael Redd, who had 26 points.

    "I think we did a pretty good job," he said. "We knew they would come out with their guns shooting."

    Washington coach Eddie Jordan said his team didn't play with enough emotion, refusing to blame the loss on his team missing Jamison (knee tendinitis) and Kwame Brown (flu).

    "There's no excuse for us," he said. "We had four bigs and four smalls."

    Joe Smith added a season-high 24 points for Milwaukee, which blew a 16-point lead but still managed to win.

    "I feel like we're still playing for something, so I'm going out there and trying to do my part," Smith said. "We're just trying to win as many games as we can, and at least make an attempt to get to that final (playoff) seed."

    Washington, which had only eight players due to injuries and illness, remained one game ahead of Cleveland for the fourth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

    The Bucks led 63-47 in the third quarter, but Arenas' 3-pointer capped Washington's comeback and tied the score at 85 with 4:47 left. Washington didn't make another field goal, converting just five of eight free throws the rest of the way.

    "Maybe fatigue did run on them, some of those guys played some big minutes," Milwaukee coach Terry Porter said. "But it's not like they had a game last night."

    After Arenas tied it at 85, the Bucks then went on an 8-2 run behind four points by Smith to take a 93-87 lead with 2:15 to go.

    Redd scored on a jumper to make it 91-86 with 2:53 left. Hughes, who scored 24 points, sank a free throw for Washington, but Smith then scored from the baseline to give Milwaukee a 93-87 lead with 2:15 left.

    Smith shot 9-for-11 and had 10 rebounds.

    Milwaukee scored the final nine points of the first half to lead 56-43, and opened a 63-47 advantage on Redd's two free throws with 9 minutes left in the third quarter.

    Game notes

    Jamison has been bothered by a sore right knee and back for several weeks. To make room for Jamison on the injured list, the Wizards released F Samaki Walker. ... Despite having the flu, Brown was on the bench in street clothes. ... The rapper DMC from the group Run DMC sat behind the Wizards bench during the game, autographing items from fans and posing for photographs.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 90 99
    FGM-FGA 34-86 (.395) 35-76 (.461)
    3PM-3PA 6-22 (.273) 4-12 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 16-23 (.696) 25-28 (.893)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 17-43 13-46
    Assists 16 22
    Turnovers 12 15
    Steals 9 5
    Blocks 3 3
    Fast Break Points 9 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 11 16

    Top Performers

    Gilbert Arenas Arenas
    Points: 27
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1
    Joe Smith Smith
    Points: 24
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0