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With Washington teammate Nene drawing double-teams coming off his big game against the Lakers, Gortat scored 25 points on 11-of-12 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Wizards to a 100-92 win in overtime over Milwaukee on Wednesday night.
“After how well Nene played last night, I knew he would get double-teamed tonight and that would give me some more looks,” Gortat said. “I felt great out there and was able to get into a rhythm. It was a lot of fun.”
John Wall, who had scored more than 30 points in his last three games, added 19 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Nene finished with nine points a night after getting 30 in a win over Los Angeles.
“In past seasons, we would have put our heads down and not competed in the overtime,” he said.
Wittman was particularly pleased with his team’s defense in the fourth quarter and overtime.
The Wizards held the Bucks to just Mayo’s 3-pointer during the last four minutes of the game and to five points in the overtime. The Bucks hit 1 of 8 shots during the last four minutes and 2 of 8 in overtime.
“It was not the prettiest win, but in this league any win is a good win,” he said. “I’m an old-school coach and I believe that defense wins game more than offense. And tonight we really played well late in the game.”
The loss was the Bucks’ 10th straight, the longest streak since Milwaukee lost 15 in a row from March 4-30, 1996. Mayo led the Bucks with 21 points and Khris Middleton added 13 points. Bucks coach Larry Drew said the game went to overtime because Milwaukee failed to execute at the end.
“Going down the stretch in regulation, we just made some bad plays,” he said. “I thought the effort was there. But in close games against a team like Washington, you just have to make plays going down the stretch and we didn’t.”
Ersan Ilyasova said the Bucks cannot let the losing streak impact them.
“With the losing streak, there’s a lot to do in practice, but mentally we have to come together and figure out what to do to start winning games,” he said. “There’s a lot of games in front of us and we still have a chance to turn this thing around. “
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