The Washington Wizards beat the Milwaukee Bucks 99-88 on Monday night.
Here's analysis of what went down...
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks still have a ways to go if they plan on catching up to the Washington Wizards.
In what has become a five-year trend, the Wizards continue to have Milwaukee's number. The Wizards have now won 15 of their last 20 meetings going back to 2012. There is no question the Bucks are one of the most talented young teams in the NBA, but John Wall and the Wizards have absolutely owned them.
Wall was able to return after missing Sunday's game and that was a big storyline, but Kelly Oubre, Jr. stole the show. He came through with 18 points in 22 minutes on 6-of-8 shooting. That included 10 points in the fourth quarter. He was 3-for-5 from three-point range.
All five Wizards starters reached double figures and the same was the case for the Bucks. Marcin Gortat (10 points, 15 rebounds) took advantage of the Bucks being the NBA's worst rebounding team. Otto Porter (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Bradley Beal (23 points) also came up big.
Antetokounmpo had 23 points, but shot just 38.1 percent from the field. The Wizards were playing the second game of a back-to-back, but it was the Bucks who looked sluggish.
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After missing Sunday's game against the Raptors with a swollen left knee, Wall returned to the Wizards lineup on Monday in time to face one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference. Wall's presence certainly helped, though it didn't appear like he is fully back to 100 percent.
Wall didn't have the same burst we are used to, and he didn't shoot well, but he was productive. He finished with 15 points and six assists.
Wall looked to be more cautious than he was on Friday night against the Heat, when he was held back by the injury.
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Beal Makes History:
With his first three of the game in the third quarter, Beal made history as the youngest player ever to hit 700 threes in the NBA.
Naturally, it was assisted by Wall.
Here's the play:
The list of players with the most three-pointers before their 25th birthday is a great one and it includes another Wizard:
1. Gilbert Arenas: 24 years, 316 days (779)
2. J.R. Smith: 24 years, 149 days (777)
3. Kyrie Irving: 24 years, 364 days (701)
4. Kevin Durant: 24 years, 198 days (701)
5. Bradley Beal: 24 years, 145 days (700)
Giannis & 'Keef Ignite Fireworks:
Anytime these teams face each other these days, it's worth recalling how the Wizards didn't like Antetokounmpo staying in late in a game last December to chase his career-high. Though there were no major dustups in this one, there were two moments that suggested the Wizards do not care much for the Greek Freak.
This first one was instigated by Antetokounmpo. Early in the first quarter he drew a foul on Markieff Morris and then talked some trash.
The play earned both players technical fouls.
Then, in the second quarter Beal caught Antetokounmpo with a chasedown block. Aftewards, Beal gave him a nice stare as he walked by:
A playoff series between these teams would be fun to watch.
The Wizards have a day off before heading to Charlotte to see the Hornets for the first time this season.
Tipoff is at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington Plus.