It has been a start to forget for the Washington Wizards, and it got worse on Friday night as Washington fell 101-91 to the visiting Milwaukee Bucks at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The loss marks the fourth consecutive defeat to open the season for the Wiz, who drop to 0-2 on their home floor.
Washington jumped all over Milwaukee early, racing out to a 12-0 lead before a Bucks timeout at the 9:21 mark in the first quarter. That timeout changed the whole complexion of the game for Washington, as Milwaukee would commence a 14-2 run of their own to tie the game three minutes later, and end the quarter with a two point lead that they would not relinquish.
The problems for the Wizards started on the defensive end, as Milwaukee shot 51% for the game. Monta Ellis had 22 to lead five Bucks players in double digits. Washington forced 21 Milwaukee turnovers, a mark that was negated by the fact that the Wizards committed 20 of their own. Washington shot 43% from the field for the game, but only 22% from behind the three-point line.
Rookie Bradley Beal scored 22 for the Wizards on 7-14 shooting, while Trevor Ariza added 15 and A.J. Price 12 and nine assists in place of John Wall. Washington gets another shot to notch their first win of the season as they travel to Indianapolis to take on the Indiana Pacers on Saturday, who are without their star Danny Granger.
For more on Friday's Wizards/Bucks game, check out the Wizards report, hosted by Wizards radio voice Dave Johnson. Also, check out the game recap from the Wizards' site, provided by our content partners at Monumental Sports and Entertainment.