- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 16, 2002


BOSTON Rookie Juan Dixon scored a team-high 11 points on 3-for-14 shooting as the Washington Wizards lost to the Milwaukee Bucks 59-53 in the Pro Summer League opener for both teams.

Mike Wilks and Ryan Carroll hit key 3-pointers for the Bucks midway through the fourth quarter to break open a close game at Clark Athletic Center on the UMass-Boston campus.

Neither team could mount much offense. Milwaukee hit just 36.7 percent from the floor while the Wizards shot just 37.5 percent. When the teams weren't missing their shots, they were losing the ball as each team committed 19 turnovers.

Washington led 18-16 after one quarter and stretched the lead to seven before Wilks made a three-point play to cut the lead to 33-29 at the half. Both teams were ice cold in the third quarter, combining to shoot just 9-for-30 from the field (0-for-5 from 3-point territory). Rolan Roberts gave the Wizards a spark as he came off the bench with 1:52 left in the third and scored a quick six points to tie the game. However, Scoonie Penn hit a free throw to make it 42-41 after three and the Bucks never trailed again.

Washington tied the game twice in the fourth quarter, 45-45 on a layup by Kris Lang and again at 47-47 on another Lang layup. But Wilks and Carroll each hit 3-pointers in the next 1:07 and Milwaukee never looked back.

Wilks had 11 points, Marcus Goree added 13 and nine boards and Dan Gadzuric scored 11 with nine boards for the Bucks.

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