Johnson: Wizards end one streak

Johnson: Wizards end one streak
February 10, 2011, 2:17 am
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011 9:19 pm

By Dave Johnson
CSNWashington.comFor the Washington Wizards, eight was both enough and too much. In the fourth quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Wizards turned the ball over eight times, but were still able to end their eight-game losing streak with a comfortable 100-85 win.To be sure, the late turnovers could have been a recipe for disaster, but Cartier Martin turned out to be the Wizards closer. Martin scored 12 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to support Nick Youngs game-high 26 points and an impressive rebounding effort by the Wizards.The Bucks' only lead in the game was 2-0, and they trailed by as many 22 points in the third quarter. Still, with guard Brandon Jennings leading the way, the Bucks showed resolve. Jennings led the Bucks in scoring with 20 points, including 8 in the fourth quarter, but the Wizards were able to maintain at least a 12-point lead over the games final 12 minutes.Every time the Bucks tried to make a serious push against the Wizards in the fourth quarter, Martin seemed to be ready with a three point field-goal. Martins production off the bench was critical with Yi Jianlian sidelined with a sprained left ankle and Al Thornton out with a dislocated finger.Midway through the fourth, Martin hit back-to-back threes to cancel out a 6-0 run by the Bucks. Later Martin essentially closed the game when he nailed a shot beyond the arc off an Andray Blatche steal to give the Wizards a 98-83 lead with 43 seconds left.The reason why we lose on the road is because we get in really close games and get too comfortable, Wizards head coach Flip Saunders said. When you throw away the ball in late game situations, you start to lose trust amongst players. Today we had a couple of bad turnovers but we closed up better than we have.The Wizards also benefitted from their work on the boards where they had a 51-39 edge in rebounds. JaVale McGee with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the first-half to help the Wizards build a 47-37 lead at the break. McGee finished with 17 rebounds and 16 points and Blatche added 8 rebounds.JaVale was able to rebound because he was able to stay on the floor and compete, Saunders added. Looking at Andray, even though stat wise it may seem like he didnt have a great night he kept his composure throughout the game. Sometimes you have to have a win to show people that you are playing better. Now we have some things to talk about, like beating them on the boards and holding them to 43 shooting.The Wizards did a better job containing the Bucks guards than they did when they lost to them in Milwaukee last month. In that game Keyon Dooling was able to come off the bench and surprise the Wizards with 23 points. Dooling only scored 6 points and Jennings had to shoot 9 of 24 from the field to reach his 20 points.The Wizards have had their share of troubles in third quarter this season, but against the Bucks they stormed out of half-time by going on 16-6 run. Young punctuated that run with a flying slam dunk off a Wall assist. Young had started the play when he intercepted a Corey Maggette pass.In the third quarter the Wizards had an impressive 10-0 advantage in fast break points and made 8 of 9 free throws as they outscored the Bucks 30-23. For the game the Wizards were 18 of 20 from the free throw line, while the Bucks only made 5 of 12 free throw attempts.They dominated us on the floor and they out rebounded us, and then we couldnt get to the line for free throws, said Bucks head coach Scott Skiles. We tried to hang on but we just couldnt, they pretty much out played us all over the floor. They deserved to win. They came out played well and played hard.