|Wizards watch another lead vanish in loss to Bucks|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 12 January 2009 22:44|
Michael Redd scored 29 points and the Milwaukee Bucks rallied past Washington 97-91 on Monday night, dropping the Wizards to 7-30 with their 12th loss in a game they've led in the fourth quarter.
``Don't you get the feeling like we've seen this movie before?'' Washington interim coach Ed Tapscott said. ``We're like a writer with writer's block. We can get the first couple of chapters written fairly efficiently and fairly well, but getting to the ending - we just can't seem to write the correct ending.''
It's all starting to wear on All-Star forward and Wizards co-captain Antawn Jamison.
``We know it's a problem, but it's something that hasn't been fixed yet,'' said Jamison, who scored 25 points. ``Until we get it done, we're going to continue to struggle and continue to be one of the worst teams in the league.''
In other NBA games Monday, it was: Boston 115, Toronto 109 in overtime; New Jersey 103, Oklahoma City 99 in overtime; New York 101, New Orleans 95; Portland 109, Chicago 95; and Utah 120, Indiana 113.
hington, Nick Young scored a career-high 30 points for the Wizards, but Redd shook off a tweaked right ankle to help Milwaukee overcome a 13-point deficit in the second quarter.
``We knew we could make a run at this team,'' said Bucks forward Charlie Villanueva, who scored 16 points, ``and that's exactly what we did.''
After Young made a 16-foot fadeaway to pull Washington within 90-89, Redd answered with a 3-pointer with less than 90 seconds left. Young missed a 3 as the shot clock expired on Washington's next possession to seal it for Milwaukee.
While the Bucks (19-21) notched coach Scott Skiles' 300th NBA victory and collected their eighth road win of the season - one more than in all of last season - the Wizards lost their fifth straight overall and fourth in a row against teams under .500.
The Wizards made the playoffs in each of the previous four years but haven't been helped this season by injuries to All-Star guard Gilbert Arenas, center Brendan Haywood and guard DeShawn Stevenson.
Celtics 115, Raptors 109, OT
At Boston, Paul Pierce scored nine of his season-high 39 points in overtime and the Celtics beat Toronto for the second time in as many days.
Ray Allen's 36 points led Boston to a 94-88 win in Toronto on Sunday.
Pierce led a comeback from a 10-point deficit midway through the third quarter. He also had nine rebounds, while Kevin Garnett added 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Andrea Bargnani, whose 3-pointer with 1 second left sent the game into overtime, led the Raptors with 23 points, and Chris Bosh had 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Trail Blazers 109, Bulls 95
At Chicago, Travis Outlaw scored a season-high 33 points and Greg Oden had 17 points and 13 rebounds for Portland.
Drew Gooden led the Bulls with 22 points and nine rebounds, and Ben Gordon scored 17 points. Luol Deng added 14 points in 22 minutes but was 3-for-10 from the field after missing eight games with a sprained left ankle.
Jazz 120, Pacers 113
At Salt Lake City, Mehmet Okur scored a career-high 43 points to help Utah hold off a late rally.
Andrei Kirilenko scored 23 points and pulled down 12 rebounds and Deron Williams added 23 points and 11 assists.
Indiana had trailed by 20 late in the third quarter, but would not let the Jazz clinch it until the final minute.
with 42 points in a loss at Golden State.
Nets 103, Thunder 99, OT
At East Rutherford, N.J., rookie Brook Lopez scored a career-high 31 points and pulled down 13 rebounds for New Jersey.
Vince Carter had 21 points and Devin Harris, back after missing three of the previous four games with a hamstring injury, scored 17 for the Nets, who win their fourth straight at home after starting the season 5-12 in New Jersey.
Kevin Durant had 26 points for the Thunder, who fell to 6-33 overall and 2-17 on the road.
Russell Westbrook had 17 points, Jeff Green finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, former Net Nenad Krstic had 12 points.
Knicks 101, Hornets 95
At New Orleans, David Lee scored 24 points and New York ended a three-game losing streak.
Quentin Richardson and Al Harrington each hit 3-pointers in the final 1:14 to pace New York after the Hornets trimmed a 14-point lead to three late in the game.
Harrington finished with 20 points and Wilson Chandler scored 19.
David West had 25 points and 14 rebounds for the Hornets, but was 6-of-20 from the field, and Chris Paul added 23 points and seven assists.