After nearly giving up a 28-point halftime lead against the Miami Heat on Friday night, the Washington Wizards came close to completing a rally of their own in Milwaukee. Down by as much as 18 in the third quarter, the Wizards took the lead in the fourth quarter of this game. However, they could not hold on.
A barrage of three-pointers from the Bucks paved the way for a 91-85 victory over the No. 5 seed Wizards. Being the No. 6 seed, this was obviously a huge win for Milwaukee.
The Bucks were lead by starting shooting guard Khris Middleton, who made 6-of-9 from downtown, recording a game-high 30 points and nine rebounds. Three of his six made-three-pointers came in the fourth quarter and they each helped Milwaukee re-gain the lead after giving it up.
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Jason Kidd has done a pretty good job as the head coach of this team. After winning just 15 games last season and holding the worst record in the entire league, he has helped this team to already double their win total from last season and have put them in a great position to make the postseason.
Marcin Gortat had his streak of seven straight games with ten or more rebounds snapped last night, as he recorded just nine. He did however, play 35 minutes in last nights game, which is over five minutes more than his season average. This means that head coach Randy Wittman is finally seeing the value in having a 6-foot-11 big man.
John Wall filled up the stats sheet last night, totaling 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists. The star point guard maintains a streak of his own, as he has gone 55 straight games recording six assists or more. Whoever places the word inconsistent on Wall is clearly mistaken.
The Wizards have now lost eight straight games on the road which makes up for a big part of this long stretch of losses that they have been suffering through. Winning on the road is something that the Wizards struggled mightily with in previous years, but found success with last season.
They went 22-19 on the road last year after winning just 19 in the last three years combined. Although 13 (the amount of road wins they have this season) is an improvement, it is not good for a team that considers themselves championship contenders, because a big part of being successful in the playoffs is winning games on the road.
I am not going to state that this has to change quickly, because that is quite evident. However, I will say this: This has to change quickly!