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Beal scores 23 as Wizards beat Bucks 99-88

MILWAUKEE (AP) Despite playing on back-to-back days for the first time this season and having two starters banged up, the Washington Wizards were better in the second half than their rested opponent Monday night.

Bradley Beal scored 23 points, John Wall returned from a one-game absence and the Wizards pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 99-88 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

''Defensively, we locked into the game plan,'' Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. ''We were aggressive, we were physical. We played with an IQ. We made them take the shots that we wanted them to take.''

Beal helped the Wizards separate from the Bucks with a personal 7-0 run late in the third quarter. Washington then outscored Milwaukee 13-4 to start the fourth, building an 86-70 advantage.

The win snapped a two-game skid for the Wizards, who lost 100-91 to Toronto on Sunday with Wall out of the lineup.

Milwaukee has lost two consecutive games to fall back to .500 at 8-8 after rattling off a four-game winning streak following the trade for Eric Bledsoe.

The Bucks had scored at least 90 points in 13 of their first 14 games but managed just 79 in a loss to Dallas on Sunday and 88 against the Wizards. Both opponents were playing on the second day of a back-to-back while the Bucks were rested.

''We know that we're a better team than how we've played,'' said acting head coach Joe Prunty, who filled in for Jason Kidd.

Kelly Oubre Jr. added 18 points off the bench for the Wizards, and Wall scored 15 after missing a game with knee pain. Otto Porter Jr. had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Marcin Gortat finished with 10 points with 15 rebounds.

Washington led 27-19 after the first quarter, but Milwaukee used a 10-0 run capped by Giannis Antetokounmpo blocking a shot attempt by Wall and finishing on the other end to take 41-39 lead with 3:07 left in the half.

After trailing 47-46 at halftime, the Bucks led 55-50 before the Wizards scored eight straight points to take the lead back for good.

Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 23 points but was 8 for 21 from the field.

''(Giannis) is playing like an MVP,'' Brooks said. ''Hard player to stop. You try different guys on him so that he doesn't get a consistent feel with the same player.''

The Bucks went just 4 of 22 from beyond the arc and missed 20 shots in the paint.

TIP-INS

Wizards: Beal became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 700 made 3-pointers. ... Washington held a 46-33 rebounding advantage and outscored Milwaukee 15-2 on second-chance points.

Bucks: Matthew Dellavedova (left knee tendinitis) and Mirza Teletovic (left knee soreness) each missed a third straight game due to injury. ... Bucks guard Gary Payton II made his third appearance of the season. On a two-way contract, Payton scored a career-high eight points in 15 minutes.

KIDD AWAY FROM TEAM

Kidd missed the game following the birth of his daughter. Kidd's wife, Porschla, gave birth to Cooper Anne Kidd on Sunday.

PLAYING THROUGH PAIN

Wall returned to the starting lineup after missing Sunday's loss to Toronto with a sore left knee. Porter was in the starting lineup after an MRI on his right hand came back negative.

''When I first went out there and shot today, it was perfectly fine,'' Wall said. ''If you saw me warming up the last couple games, you could tell that we had to take time to warm up.

''I was great. I was cool. I missed some easy early shots, but other than that I was fine.''

UP NEXT

Wizards: Washington plays at Charlotte on Wednesday. The Wizards took three of four from the Hornets last season.

Bucks: Milwaukee will travel to Phoenix to face the Suns on Wednesday. The Bucks and Suns made a big trade on Nov. 7, when Bledsoe went to Milwaukee in exchange for Greg Monroe and two draft picks.

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Key Players
B. Beal
3 G
G. Antetokounmpo
34 F
37.7 Min. Per Game 37.7
30.1 Pts. Per Game 30.1
4.4 Ast. Per Game 4.4
10.5 Reb. Per Game 10.5
48.2 Field Goal % 55.2
47.3 Three Point % 55.8
82.7 Free Throw % 76.3
  Defensive rebound by Tony Snell 0:09
  Markieff Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:12
  Defensive rebound by Markieff Morris 0:32
  Khris Middleton missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:35
  Traveling violation turnover on Markieff Morris 0:41
  Defensive rebound by Marcin Gortat 0:58
  Tony Snell missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:01
+ 1 John Wall made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:08
+ 1 John Wall made 1st of 2 free throws 1:08
  Shooting foul on Khris Middleton 1:08
+ 2 Eric Bledsoe made layup, assist by Tony Snell 1:31
Team Stats
Points 99 88
Field Goals 39-74 (52.7%) 35-79 (44.3%)
3-Pointers 9-24 (37.5%) 4-22 (18.2%)
Free Throws 12-17 (70.6%) 14-19 (73.7%)
Total Rebounds 53 36
Offensive 8 6
Defensive 38 27
Team 7 3
Assists 23 17
Steals 4 10
Blocks 1 7
Turnovers 16 9
Fouls 18 19
Technicals 2 1
23 PTS, 5 AST
23 PTS, 8 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Wizards 10-7 2720262699
home team logo Bucks 8-8 1927202288
Team Stats
away team logo Wizards 10-7 112.8 PPG 40.5 RPG 24.7 APG
home team logo Bucks 8-8 118.0 PPG 50.4 RPG 26.3 APG
Key Players
B. Beal G 23.2 PPG 4.6 RPG 4.4 APG 47.0 FG%
G. Antetokounmpo F 26.6 PPG 13.2 RPG 6.1 APG 58.3 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Beal G 23 PTS 0 REB 5 AST
G. Antetokounmpo F 23 PTS 8 REB 4 AST
52.7 FG% 44.3
37.5 3PT FG% 18.2
70.6 FT% 73.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Beal 36 23 0 5 1 1 4 1 10/16 2/5 1/2 0 0 31 +3
J. Wall 31 15 1 6 0 0 2 1 5/13 1/3 4/5 0 1 26 +3
O. Porter 39 12 11 4 3 0 3 2 5/12 2/7 0/0 2 9 31 +22
M. Morris 25 11 7 0 0 0 2 3 5/8 1/3 0/0 2 5 16 +3
M. Gortat 35 10 15 3 0 0 1 0 4/10 0/0 2/4 3 12 30 +5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Beal 36 23 0 5 1 1 4 1 10/16 2/5 1/2 0 0 31 +3
J. Wall 31 15 1 6 0 0 2 1 5/13 1/3 4/5 0 1 26 +3
O. Porter 39 12 11 4 3 0 3 2 5/12 2/7 0/0 2 9 31 +22
M. Morris 25 11 7 0 0 0 2 3 5/8 1/3 0/0 2 5 16 +3
M. Gortat 35 10 15 3 0 0 1 0 4/10 0/0 2/4 3 12 30 +5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Oubre 22 18 4 0 0 0 0 1 6/8 3/5 3/3 1 3 22 +1
J. Meeks 19 6 2 1 0 0 0 2 2/4 0/1 2/3 0 2 10 +4
T. Frazier 16 2 2 3 0 0 2 3 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 2 8 +8
I. Mahinmi 12 2 4 1 0 0 2 5 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 4 6 +6
J. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Satoransky - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Scott - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. McCullough - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Mac - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 99 46 23 4 1 16 18 39/74 9/24 12/17 8 38 180 +55
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 39 23 8 4 0 3 0 3 8/21 0/3 7/9 1 7 42 -12
K. Middleton 38 15 6 3 1 0 3 5 5/13 0/4 5/6 0 6 25 0
E. Bledsoe 35 14 3 2 6 2 3 2 6/13 1/4 1/2 1 2 26 +1
J. Henson 25 10 10 2 0 2 1 1 5/8 0/0 0/0 3 7 25 -4
T. Snell 30 10 3 1 1 0 1 1 4/7 1/4 1/2 1 2 15 -5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 39 23 8 4 0 3 0 3 8/21 0/3 7/9 1 7 42 -12
K. Middleton 38 15 6 3 1 0 3 5 5/13 0/4 5/6 0 6 25 0
E. Bledsoe 35 14 3 2 6 2 3 2 6/13 1/4 1/2 1 2 26 +1
J. Henson 25 10 10 2 0 2 1 1 5/8 0/0 0/0 3 7 25 -4
T. Snell 30 10 3 1 1 0 1 1 4/7 1/4 1/2 1 2 15 -5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Payton II 14 8 0 0 1 0 1 4 4/6 0/1 0/0 0 0 8 -3
D. Liggins 17 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 2/5 2/3 0/0 0 0 10 -16
T. Maker 20 2 2 1 1 0 0 2 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 2 7 -4
M. Brogdon 17 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0/4 0/2 0/0 0 1 5 -12
J. Terry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Teletovic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bolomboy - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Dellavedova - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Parker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Vaughn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 88 33 17 10 7 9 19 35/79 4/22 14/19 6 27 163 -55