Published January 08, 2015
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul Pierce had 25 points and 10 rebounds as the Washington Wizards defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 111-100 on Saturday night.
John Wall posted 19 points, nine assists and five steals, while Marcin Gortat tallied 10 points and 13 boards for the Wizards, who have won five of their last six games.
"Our defense created our offense," said Wizards head coach Randy Wittman.
Brandon Knight supplied 27 points, six assists and five boards for Milwaukee, which has dropped two in a row on the heels of a three-game winning streak.
"We just have to treat every team like they're the number two or number three team in the division," said Bucks rookie Jabari Parker. "We didn't play real well."
The Bucks held a 54-49 advantage early in the second half before the Wizards seized control following a 14-0 run.
Pierce knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and netted seven points during the surge, which was capped on two Wall free throws for a 63-54 Washington advantage.
Washington took a 74-70 margin into the fourth.
Bradley Beal finished off a 14-4 Wizards swing during the early stages of the final frame for a 93-78 cushion to put the game away.
Washington led by as many as 16 down the stretch.
Earlier, Larry Sanders netted four quick points as the Bucks raced out to a 10-4 start.
Milwaukee was up 28-21 following a quarter of play and 52-47 at the break.
Washington shot 46.2 percent (43-of-93) from the field and was 8-of-18 from beyond the arc ... The Bucks recorded 23 points off 17 Washington turnovers ... The Wizards held a 53-36 rebounding advantage.