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Wizards Big Fourth Quarter drops Bucks

bradley-bealThe Washington Wizards hit seven three pointers in the fourth quarter to come from behind and defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 118-113 on Friday night at the Bradley Center.

The Wizards scored 39 points in the second quarter and 36 in the fourth. Bradley Beal, John Wall, and Ramon Sessions spent a good majority of the fourth quarter on the floor together and they tallied 30 points combined in the fourth quarter.

The Bucks defense struggled keeping up with the ball and responding to dribble penetration in the fourth quarter. This led to the Bucks defense getting broken down and the Wizards being up to kick the ball to Beal, Sessions, or Wall for open shots, including open threes.

The Bucks defense will need to improve as they have allowed 122 and 118 points in the first two games of the season.

Bradley Beal scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Wizards.

Giannis+Antetokounmpo+BBVA+Compass+Rising+ZhuKN2VppJJlThe Bucks were led by Giannis Antetokounmpo who returned from his one game suspension in grand fashion. He made 9 of 15 field goal attempts for 27 points, with nine rebounds, two assists, and three steals in 34 minutes. Many of those stats were accumulated in the first half as Giannis battled foul problems in the second half before fouling out with just over a minute to play. The only drawback to his performance is a team high six turnovers resulting to him being out of control. He needs to balance his energy with being in control. The Bucks need his energy but they also need him to be under control.

Greg Monroe had another solid game for the Bucks with 22 points, five rebounds and three assists in 35 minutes.

Another problem area for the Bucks was fouls. The Bucks committed 32 fouls on the night to set up 44 Wizard free throws. They made 36 of them. The Wizards made five more threes and 12 more free throws then the Bucks and those two stats from a significant factor to the Bucks dropping a second consecutive home game.

There is no question about the talent on this roster. It is going to take some time on the floor in games for everything to begin to look like a complete team. There is no reason to panic.

The short term view however does not get easier as the Bucks now hit the road for back to back games on Sunday and Monday in Toronto and Brooklyn.

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