Wizards-Bucks: Washington Loses a Wild One in Overtime

David StatmanContributor INovember 5, 2008

After a disappointing 0-2 start, the Wizards geared up for their third game of the season, a road game at Milwaukee.

But in a crazy game that saw multiple lead changes and two huge comebacks, the Bucks took it in overtime, 112-104.

The loss was the third in a row to start the season for Washington.

Milwaukee burst out of the gate with an early run, at one point leading by 18. But just like Saturday at Detroit, the Wizards, sparked by their bench, battled back, to take a 45-39 lead at halftime.

Until about six minutes remained in the fourth quarter, the Wizards' lead varied from around 14 to six, but the Bucks responded with their own comeback, outscoring the Wizards by 12 in the final regulation stanza and taking a two-point lead with 35 seconds to go.

The Wizards fed the ball to Antawn Jamison, who laid it in to tie the game at 98. The score stayed that way for the twenty-one seconds that remained, and the game was sent to overtime.

Midway through the overtime period, the Wizards led by two, but the Bucks, led by rookie Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, went on a run and won it, 112-104.

The Big Two were in effect for Washington—Caron Butler, especially. Butler put 27 points on the board and pulled down seven rebounds, but made critical mistakes late, and led the team with five turnovers and five fouls.

Jamison left the game early after being hit in the mouth, but returned three stitches later to record a double-double, with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Without Etan Thomas, who missed the game with an ankle injury, the Wizards started Andray Blatche at center, and gave rookie JaVale McGee his first major minutes in his young career. Blatche had five points and six rebounds, and McGee looked impressive with nine points and five rebounds in 13 minutes.

Oleksiy Pecherov got his first minutes of the season because of Thomas' injury, staying in for two minutes and not scoring.

Nick Young had been among the Wizards' best this season, and had another solid game with 14 points. Young is the second-best scorer in the league among second-year players, behind Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City.

The talented reserve forward Dominic McGuire had two points on a tip-in buzzer beater at the end of the first half, and also pulled down six rebounds. Another backup forward, Darius Songaila, scored nine points.

On the other side of the coin, Richard Jefferson led the way with 32 points and nine assists. Point guard Luke Ridnour added 20, and dished out 11 assists. The starting center for the Bucks, former No. 1 draft pick Andrew Bogut, put up a double-double, with 10 points and 13 rebounds. The Bucks missed starting guard Michael Redd with an injury, and started Charlie Bell in his stead. Bell scored a paltry three points in 23 minutes.

Two players coming off the bench however made the biggest difference. Rookie forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and second-year guard Ramon Sessions came up clutch with several big scores late. Sessions, who scored a game-winner last year in Washington, scored 22 points, and Mbah a Moute followed with 17.