In a thrilling NBA matchup, the Milwaukee Bucks emerged victorious against the Washington Wizards with a score of 142-129. This victory marked the Bucks' fifth consecutive triumph, while the Wizards extended their losing streak to five games.
The Wizards demonstrated resilience in the early stages of the game, maintaining a close tie with the Bucks. However, the Bucks seized control in the second quarter, establishing a double-digit lead of 42-53. By halftime, the Wizards had managed to reduce the deficit to a manageable five points (65-70).
The third quarter continued to be evenly contested, with Washington even claiming the lead 102-104 heading into the final 12 minutes. The Wizards briefly regained the lead with a Corey Kispert basket at the start of the fourth quarter.
However, the Bucks responded with a dominant performance, steadily widening the gap and ultimately securing a comfortable victory. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with a remarkable performance, scoring 42 points, grabbing 13 rebounds, and dishing out eight assists.
Damian Lillard contributed 22 points, seven assists, and five rebounds, while Khris Middleton added 18 points, seven assists, and six rebounds. Bobby Portis provided further support with 17 points and eight rebounds.
Charlotte ended its losing streak at home
Jordan Poole emerged as the Wizards' top scorer with 30 points, followed by Kyle Kuzma, who recorded a double-double with 22 points and 13 assists.
In a separate NBA matchup, the Charlotte Hornets snapped their six-game home losing streak by defeating the Boston Celtics in overtime, 121-118. Miles Bridges delivered the game-winning three-pointer with 6.6 seconds remaining in overtime, securing the victory and finishing with 14 points and 15 rebounds.
LaMelo Ball led the Hornets with 36 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists, while Gordon Hayward and P.J. Washington chipped in with 20 and 15 points, respectively. Jayson Tatum poured in a game-high 45 points for the Celtics, accompanied by 13 rebounds and six assists.
Despite his impressive performance, Tatum missed the crucial free throw with 5.2 seconds left on the clock, preventing a tie and ultimately handing the victory to the Hornets. Peyton Pritchard contributed 21 points, and Kristaps Porziņģis added 17 points and eight rebounds for the Celtics. This victory of Charlotte will certainly give a lot of morale to the team and may be the turning point of the season.