Wizards beat Bucks 105-99 to retain NBA Finals
WASHINGTON — The Washington Wizards’ 95-99 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 3 of the NBA Finals ended a series that saw the teams split four times and sent the NBA playoffs on a sour note.
The Wizards were led by the NBA’s best point guard, Bradley Beal, who had 27 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists and a game-high 16 assists on 9-of-17 shooting in his first game back from a six-game absence due to a sprained left ankle.
Beal was joined on the Wizards’ bench by backup point guard Markieff Morris and guard John Wall, who was limited to two assists.
The Bucks were led offensively by the rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo, who scored 17 points, while the Nets scored 16 points off Milwaukee’s 10 turnovers.
The Wizards trailed by as many as 18 in the first quarter, but the Bucks answered with a 21-6 run to take a 48-42 lead with 3:18 left.
Bucks guard Brandon Jennings and center Joe Johnson each had a game high 21 points.
Milwaukee took the lead on a layup by Jennings with 1:18 remaining.
The Wizards answered with nine straight points, including a 3-pointer by Wall, to take the lead again at 67-60.
But Wall was called for a technical foul and ejected, and the Bucks got the ball back in the game.
With 10:05 remaining, the Bucks scored the game’s first seven points to cut the lead to three with 2:17 left, but Wall and the Wizards responded with a 15-4 run to pull within 62-60 with 5:35 left.
The Bucks led 57-51 at halftime, and they never trailed again.
Beal scored 18 points in the third quarter, with Morris adding 14 points and eight rebounds.
Morris and Johnson each added 12 points for the Wizards.
They finished the game shooting 59 percent.
Wizards coach Randy Wittman, whose team shot a franchise-best 63 percent, was ejected for throwing the ball at the referee and a timeout.
The officials then reviewed the replay and called the play a foul.
Wittman was later ejected from the game and later fined $20,000 by the league.
He was also ejected for two technicals, including one on a pass to Johnson that appeared to be made in the air.
The second was for a flagrant foul on Wall that appeared out of bounds.
Witteman was later reinstated as the team’s coach.
Johnson finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
Antetkounmpop, who shot just 8 of 21 in the series, was the Bucks’ leading scorer at 16 points.
Bucks guard Jabari Parker, who missed his fourth straight game with a sore left ankle, finished with 15 points.
Game notes:Wizards F Bradley Beale has been suspended three games for violating the NBA-wide substance abuse policy.
He will miss at least four games.
Beltzer had 16 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
The Nets had 18 points off the Wizards, including six in the second half.
The Bucks have dropped five of six and eight of 10.
They were led in scoring by Jennings.
The other Bucks were Jahlil Okafor, John Henson, John Salmons and Brandon Jennings.
The Nets had been the most impressive team of the series.
They scored 29 first-half points and were down only one at 49-43 at the half.
They led by as much as 26 midway through the third.
Bucks F Khris Middleton, the team leader with 11.4 points per game, was fouled with 2.4 seconds remaining and was ejected.
Henson finished with nine points, 10 rebounds and two blocks.
He scored 15 points in his most recent game.
Wall had 12 points and six rebounds for the Nets.
Morris had 10 points and nine rebounds.
Johnson was 0 for 4 from the field and 3 for 9 from 3-point range.
Jennings had five points.