Ellis leads Bucks past Magic 107-98


Ellis leads Bucks past Magic 107-98

MILWAUKEE (AP) Monta Ellis scored 21 points and Brandon Jennings had 20 as the Milwaukee Bucks handed the Orlando Magic their ninth straight loss, 107-98 on Saturday night.

Ellis added 11 assist, and Larry Sanders had 17 points, 13 rebounds and six blocked shots for Milwaukee. Ersan Ilyasova chipped in with 16 points and eight rebounds. Mike Dunleavy scored 11 points, hitting all three of four 3-pointers.

Nikola Vucevic had 20 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for Orlando, and Maurice Harkless had 19 points and 14 rebounds.

The Bucks held on after a late scare from the Magic.

The Bucks led 101-86 before Orlando went on a 10-0 run, capped by J.J. Redick's 3-pointer from the top of the key with less than a minute left. Ellis hit a pair of free throws to give the Bucks a 103-96 lead. Harkless sank a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 103-98. Ellis then added two more foul shots, extending the Bucks lead to seven.

Sanders sealed the win with two free throws of his own.

The Bucks scored more than 100 points after managing fewer than 90 points its two previous games, scoring 86 against New York on Friday, and 88 versus Chicago on Wednesday.

Playing its fourth game in five nights, Milwaukee began pulling away in the third quarter after the Magic had taken a lead. Despite missing four consecutive free throws to open the period, Orlando grabbed a 55-54 lead on Redick's reverse layup with 8:48 remaining.

The Magic held a 61-60 lead before the Bucks went on a 19-6 run to end the quarter. A key point in the run occurred when Orlando's Kyle O'Quinn missed a dunk. On the ensuing possession, Ilyasova made a 3-point shot, giving the Bucks a 75-65 lead.

The Bucks built an 11-point lead midway through the second quarter on a jump shot by Beno Udrih, but a 12-4 run by Orlando cut the lead to 46-43 with 3 minutes remaining. Milwaukee held on for a 52-48 lead at halftime.

Notes: Magic rookie forward Andrew Nicholson, who recorded the first double-double of his career Friday night against Boston, got his second consecutive start in place of injured Glen Davis, who underwent surgery Friday on his fractured left foot and is expected to miss eight to 12 weeks. .Magic guard Jameer Nelson didn't play against the Bucks after injuring his forearm in Friday night's game. E'Twaun Moore replaced him in the starting lineup. Arron Afflalo also sat out for Orlando, missing his fourth consecutive game with a strained left calf. .The Bucks wore replica green uniforms from the 1995-96 season. ..The Bucks committed two fouls in the first 5 seconds of the game. . Sanders had a blocked shot for the 32nd consecutive game, extending his league-best mark.

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Wizards display lack of urgency in loss to Nuggets and Scott Brooks is frustrated

Wizards display lack of urgency in loss to Nuggets and Scott Brooks is frustrated

Following their seventh loss in 11 games and another lackluster performance in key areas, Wizards head coach Scott Brooks reverted back to a critique that characterized many defeats months ago. He called into question the effort of his team, more specifically their urgency. How they could overlook the stakes at this point of the season and with so much on the line had escaped him.

Brooks wasn't pleased following Washington's 108-100 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Friday night. He didn't like their three-point defense, their inability to force turnovers and their lack of zip on offense. But overall, it was the apparent lack of realization that time is running out in the regular season and off-nights cannot be afforded.

"We have to play with more spirit [and] we have to take some pride in our home court," Brooks said. "We’re building our habits going into the playoffs and these are moments where we need to take advantage because it’s playoff implications in every game."


Pride is something Brooks has referenced after the Wizards' worst defeats since he took over. This one didn't qualify, as they only lost by eight points and had opportunities late to write a different ending. But they were playing a team fighting for their own playoff position in the opposite conference and for the most part did not match their intensity.

The Nuggets, to put it plainly, are among the worst defensive teams in basketball. They were missing their leading scorer, Gary Harris. And they tightened their rotation to just eight players.

Yet the Wizards only managed 100 points, six below their season average, and committed 17 turnovers. Aside from their 33-point third quarter, the Wizards' offense was effectively stalled. 

"We can’t have guys that are not going to participate with hard cuts and hard setups and good screens. We need everybody. It’s not one person, it’s all," Brooks said.


The Wizards only forced 10 turnovers on the Nuggets and only three in the first half. That held back their offense in the sense they had few opportunities for fastbreak buckets.

"That’s where we get most of our offense from anyways, getting stops, getting out in transition," forward Otto Porter said.

The Wizards have lost two straight games. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers and Pacers both won on Friday night.

The Wizards are sixth place in the East and just 1 1/2 games out of fourth, but there is a huge difference in those spots. Sixth could mean meeting the Cavs in the first round and they have won three straight since Kevin Love returned from injury.


The Cavaliers could quickly become the most dangerous team in the Eastern Conference. Their record is deceiving due to Love's injury and they still boast LeBron James, the best player on the planet. No one can control a playoff series quite like he can.

An argument could be made the Wizards would be better off moving down than up, as the seventh spot would match them up with the injury-riddled Boston Celtics. The Wizards are just 1 1/2 games ahead of the seventh-seed Miami Heat.

The Wizards, though, would prefer to move up and they still have a chance to get into fourth, which would mean home court advantage.

John Wall will return at some point, likely soon. In the short-term, Brooks would like to some urgency and for his team to get back to the trademark ball movement that allowed them to go 10-3 in their first 13 games when Wall went down.

"We can get it back, but it’s not going to come back. We have to go get it. It’s time to do it; it’s time," Brooks said.

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Game 75 Capitals at Canadiens Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

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Game 75 Capitals at Canadiens Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens

Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Canadiens will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington.

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Canadiens game on NBC Sports' live stream page.


The Capitals (43-24-7) take on the Canadiens (27-36-12) Saturday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET in Montreal.


The Capitals-Canadiens game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off on NBC Sports Washington with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington after the game for Caps Extra and Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. for postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
6:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:00 p.m. — Capitals at Canadiens
9:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime


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