Wizards cruise past shorthanded Bucks

Rui Hachimura had 26 points, Kristaps Porzingis scored 22 and the Wizards beat the shorthanded Bucks 118-95 in Milwaukee on Sunday night for their season-best fifth consecutive victory.

The Bucks played without Giannis Antetokounmpo, who sat out because of due to left knee soreness. Antetokounmpo is averaging 38 points and 14.6 rebounds over his past six games, which included a 43-point, 20-rebound effort in Friday night’s win over Minnesota that snapped Milwaukee’s four-game losing streak.

Jrue Holiday also missed the game with an illness, and Khris Middleton sat out for the eighth consecutive game because of right knee soreness.

Daniel Gafford had 17 points for the Wizards (17-21), who weren’t at full strength, either. They played without leading scorer Bradley Beal, who is dealing with left hamstring soreness.

Bobby Portis led Milwaukee with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Jevon Carter had 14 points and Grayson Allen added 13 points and eight assists.

Washington led 34-17 after the first quarter, paced by Gafford’s 13 points, as the Wizards exploited a two-center lineup with Bucks big man Brook Lopez benched early with foul trouble. Milwaukee shot 26% overall and 3-for-14 from long range in the period, while the Wizards connected on half of their shots.


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