- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 28, 2012

MILWAUKEE — When the Milwaukee Bucks needed a big play, Ersan Ilyasova was there to bail out Brandon Jennings.

Ilyasova tipped in Jennings‘ miss with 2.2 seconds left and the Bucks beat Washington 119-118 on Tuesday night, handing the Wizards their fifth consecutive loss.

“That gave me a lot of relief knowing that Ersan was there to clean up the mess,” Jennings said, aptly describing his play in the final seconds.

Milwaukee’s point guard dribbled the ball off his foot with 12 seconds left, then allowed John Wall to get by him and score on a running, 8-foot jumper for a 118-117 Wizards lead with 6.8 seconds to go.

After a timeout, Jennings took an inbounds pass and drove left of the lane, attempting a short jumper. It bounced off the rim, but Ilyasova had position and tipped in the miss for the winning points.

Washington’s Chris Singleton had come across the lane and left Ilyasova open in an attempt to double-team Jennings. But that left the Bucks forward in position for an easy tip-in with no one to block him out.

“I found myself open,” Ilyasova said. “I tipped it in and we won the game. It was the right spot for me.”

Roger Mason Jr. received an inbounds pass on the baseline for Washington but was called for traveling with 1 second to go without getting off a shot.

“I feel bad for our guys that I missed that opportunity,” he said. “I have had a bunch of those end-of-the-game situations and I have hit a bunch of them. This is the first time not coming through.”

Mike Dunleavy scored a season-high 28 points for the Bucks, who snapped a six-game losing streak at home.

Jennings finished with 14 points and 10 assists. Drew Gooden, who returned after missing four games with a sprained right wrist, had 15 points and 10 rebounds but landed hard on his back in the third quarter and did not return.

Trevor Booker scored 20 points while Wall and Jordan Crawford added 19 apiece for Washington.

Milwaukee opened a 22-point lead in the first half, but Washington hit six 3-pointers in the third quarter to get back in the game.

The comeback occurred after Wizards coach Randy Wittman benched starting center JaVale McGee in the second half and played leading scorer Nick Young for less than 5 minutes after halftime.

“We played guys who wanted to play defense in the second half,” Wittman said.

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