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Jennings, Bucks rout Wizards

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Associated Press
March 9, 2011
— Back-to-back games against the Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers could be just what the Milwaukee Bucks need to remain in the playoff race.

Brandon Jennings scored 23 points and Andrew Bogut had 14 points, nine rebounds and a season-high seven assists in his first game back after an injury to help the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Washington Wizards, 95-76, on Tuesday night.


Coupled with Indiana’s 110-100 loss at Philadelphia on Tuesday, the Bucks trail the Pacers by 2½ games for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.


Tonight, the Bucks play host to Cleveland.


John Salmons had 22 points for the Bucks. Jennings scored 10 points in the third quarter and the Bucks led 75-52 after three.


“We kind of were on cruise control a little bit,” said Jennings, who sat the entire fourth quarter alongside backcourt mate Salmons.


Bogut returned to the Bucks’ starting lineup after missing three games with a muscle strain in his left ribcage area. He played 33 minutes and scored six straight points for Milwaukee midway through the second quarter.


The Bucks closed the second quarter with a 21-6 run for a 51-36 halftime lead, capped by Jennings’ three-pointer at the buzzer.


“We came out the second half with energy again and got a big lead,” Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. “We moved the ball well again tonight—maybe even a couple times in the first half to a fault. We played unselfish tonight and as a result got a good win. We’re trying to move up, so we’re happy about that.


“If you’re trying to catch people, you’ve got to keep the pressure on them.”



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