The Bucks didn't have Giannis Antetokounmpo, but it didn't really matter in the end as the Bucks downed the Wizards 151-131 Tuesday night in Milwaukee.
The Wizards trailed by as many as 32 in this one, and were down 25 at the half, but as we've learned with this team, they never truly go away. And they always give us a few moments worth watching again.
Here are some of the best moments from Washington's loss at Fiserv Forum.
Kobe Bryant tribute
Tuesday was the Bucks' first game since Kobe Bryant passed away Sunday in a helicopter crash so after they won the tip, they took a 24-second violation to honor the late NBA legend.
The Wizards already participated in a similar tribute against the Hawks but took an eight-second violation on the following play regardless.
24 and 8💛💜— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) January 29, 2020
The Wizards and Bucks pay respect to Kobe to start the game. pic.twitter.com/Nj92vIP4g2
The entire sports world was gutted by Bryant's tragic death, and as we continue to see tributes dedicated to him every day, it shows just how far his reach was as a global icon.
Beal posterizes Lopez
As we stated before, the Wizards were down by as many as 32 points and faced a 25-point halftime deficit. They were able to get things close at the end of the third quarter and into the fourth, and much of the credit should go to Beal's loud poster dunk over Brook Lopez.
Okay yes the score but how about this BRAD DUNK pic.twitter.com/nkzWa9pqda— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) January 29, 2020
Beal was so pumped up after this slam that he got a technical foul for taunting Lopez after the play. Beal secured a career-high sixth 40-point game of the year and went shot-for-shot with Khris Middleton throughout the second half.
Middleton just couldn't miss. At all.
Thomas Bryant draws the Wizards close
There was a time that the Wizards nearly clawed their way into a one-possession game with the NBA's best team. Thanks to Beal's heroics of course, but also Thomas Bryant's finishing inside.
Bryant had a double-double in the game in what was his best game since coming back from injury.
Interestingly enough, he played his best at the center spot and not power forward. Scott Brooks has been starting Bryant next to Ian Mahinmi and it's resulted in clunky offense and embarrassingly bad defense for the Wizards.
After this game, Brooks may want to think about changing up the starting five.
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