MILWAUKEE (AP) — John Salmons scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half and the Milwaukee Bucks continued their post-All-Star break surge with a 100-87 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.
Salmons is averaging 20.4 points and has scored in double figures in all eight games he's played in since a trade deadline deal with Chicago.
The Bucks are 7-1 in that span after having a six-game winning streak snapped on Sunday in Atlanta, but jumped all over the undermanned Wizards back home at the Bradley Center.
Andrew Bogut added 15 points and five blocks as Milwaukee (31-29) won its 13th in the last 17 to move into a tie for sixth place with the Eastern Conference with Chicago.
The Bucks hold the tiebreaker over the Bulls.
Andray Blatche and Randy Foye scored 18 points each for the Wizards, but Milwaukee got contributions from all over. Carlos Delfino had 13 points and 11 rebounds, Ersan Ilyasova had 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and veteran Jerry Stackhouse added 13 points.
The last time these two teams met here, Washington won 109-97 on Dec. 23. Caron Butler scored 25, Antawn Jamison 23 and Gilbert Arenas 18 for the Wizards that night.
These Wizards are much different with Jamison and Butler traded last month and Arenas suspended for the rest of the season by the NBA for bringing guns to the locker room.
Milwaukee began pulling away late in the first half, taking its first 10-point lead off two 3-pointers by Delfino and a third by Ilyasova with just over 3 minutes to play. Milwaukee took a 56-48 lead at halftime and were never seriously threatened in the second half after the Wizards scored just 12 points in the third quarter.
NOTES: Bogut's first rebound came with just under 5 minutes to play. He did not get a rebound in 10 minutes of action on Feb. 25, 2006 against Atlanta, a streak of 260 games. ... Wizards G Mike Miller, who came in hitting an NBA-best 54.7 percent from 3-point range, went 1 of 2 from beyond the arc. ... The Bucks made their final seven shots of the first quarter. ... The two teams meet for the final time this season on Friday night in Washington.