Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/9/12
WASHINGTON -- Monta Ellis paced five double-digit scorers with 22 points and the Milwaukee Bucks' reserves keyed a 13-0 second-half run in a 101-91 win over the Washington Wizards on Friday night. Mike Dunleavy and Larry Sanders each scored 13 points off the bench. Sanders and fellow reserves Ekpe Udoh and Beno Udrih carried the entire scoring load during the decisive spurt, starting with Udoh's 3-point play that broke a 72-72 tie with 4.4 seconds left in the third quarter. Udrih made consecutive jumpers starting the fourth quarter and Sanders hook shot off a Dunleavy pass gave Milwaukee (3-1) an 85-72 lead with 7:32 remaining. Rookie Bradley Beal scored a career-high 22 points for the winless Wizards (0-4), who opened the game with 12 straight points. Trevor Ariza tallied 15 points for Washington, which failed to hold a fourth quarter for the first time this season. Four consecutive free throws pulled the Wizards closer at 89-84 with 3:06 remaining, but Brandon Jennings responded with a jump shot. Washington got no closer, losing its second home game on the season. Beal was ejected in his fourth career game after committing a flagrant foul on Ellis with 23 seconds remaining. Jennings, who scored 12 points, was also tossed after shoving Beal to the ground. Milwaukee's bench entered the game averaging 45.3 points, second only to Washington's league-leading 53.7. Going head-to-head, the Bucks finished with a decisive 49-22 advantage. Trailing 60-49 early in the third quarter, Washington rallied with a 13-2 run including 10 straight points. Ariza, acquired with Emeka Okafor from the New Orleans Hornets this offseason, started the spurt with an alley-oop pass to Trevor Booker and capped it with a right wing 3-pointer, tying the game 62-62. The ex-Hornets have struggled early in their Washington stints, but each established season-highs in points while swiping three steals apiece. Okafor and Booker each scored 11 points. A.J. Price finished with 12 points and nine assists. Jennings and Ellis each committed six of Milwaukee's 21 turnovers while the Wizards collectively had 20. Victimized by slow starts offensively in each of the previous three losses, Washington made its first six shots and fast-braked its way to a quick 12-0 lead less than three minutes in. Beal, Ariza, and Booker each recorded two baskets in the run, one that was immediately countered by Milwaukee. After Booker's jumper put the Wizards up a dozen, Tobias Harris' 3-pointer started a 21-4 rally. Ersan Ilyasova made two 3-pointers and scored 11 points as the Bucks lead 30-28 after the first quarter despite Washington shooting 60.9 percent from the field. Midway through the second quarter Milwaukee took its largest lead of the half at 50-39 as Jennings' jump shot capped a 6-0 spurt. Ilyasova finished with 11 points while Jennings and Dunleavy each scored 10 as the Bucks led 56-47 at halftime. The Wizards' shooting touch cooled while their miscues mounted with seven of their nine first half turnovers coming in the second quarter. After scoring only five points in his previous two games, Okafor led Washington with 10 points in the half. Notes: The Wizards' starting lineup scored 71 of the team's 91 points. Washington's bench outscored the starters in each of the previous three games. ... Forward Drew Gooden was a healthy scratch for the Bucks. ... This game marked the first of three meetings between the Eastern Conference squads this season. Milwaukee won the series 3-1 last season. ... The Wizards continue playing without forward Nene (plantar fasciitis) and point guard John Wall (knee), who is not projected to return until after Thanksgiving with a stress injury.
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