Published November 20, 2014
Keyon Dooling scored a season-high 23 points, Corey Maggette added 21, and the Milwaukee Bucks dropped the Washington Wizards to 0-20 on the road with a 100-87 victory on Wednesday night.
The Wizards had ample opportunities to open a big lead against the short-handed Bucks early, but squandered a 12-point lead in a matter of 7 minutes in the first half as the Bucks began hitting shots despite missing starters Brandon Jennings (left foot), Carlos Delfino (concussion) and John Salmons (right hip).
Milwaukee, which came in as the NBA's worst shooting team (41.9 percent), went 35 of 73 to finish at 48 percent from the field.
No. 1 overall pick John Wall scored 10 points and had 10 of his 13 assists in the first half.
Andrew Bogut managed just six points and Salmons was scratched minutes before tip, but it didn't stop the Bucks, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Milwaukee turned a two-point halftime deficit into a 75-66 lead heading into the fourth after Washington went the final 5 minutes of the third quarter without a field goal.
Washington, which has lost its road games by an average of more than 14 points, never came closer than seven the rest of the way.
Andray Blatche scored 23 points and Nick Young added 21 for the Wizards, who are two losses from matching the worst road start since 1997-98, when Denver dropped 22 straight.
JaVale McGee blocked his NBA-best 100th shot early in the first quarter and Washington jumped out to a 31-19 lead off Wall's jumper early in the second that had a sparse Bradley Center crowd booing.
It'd get better quickly for the Bucks.
Earl Boykins, who finished with 19 points, Maggette and Dooling all had a hand in bringing the Bucks back before Washington took a 49-47 halftime lead.
Wall found McGee for a one-handed alley-oop slam by McGee on a touch pass that left the rookie giving a celebratory salute that put Washington up 60-59 midway through the third quarter.
That would be Washington's last lead.
Dooling answered with a 3-pointer, Ersan Ilyasova added a layup and the Bucks pulled steadily away, holding the Wizards to 38 points in the second half.
Notes: Delfino said he hopes to practice for the first time since his concussion on Thursday. ... Bogut and McGee are first and second, respectively, in the NBA in blocks per game. ... Bogut's 'NBA Dream Package' auction to raise funds for victims in recent Australian flooding was at slightly more than $35,000 before Wednesday's game. Bogut is flying four people anywhere in the world to the U.S. to see games in Milwaukee and Los Angeles with multiple activities planned.