Precisely when he is completely unfit and dealing with a virus in his stomach, Danny Avdia provided his best game in recent times.
Unfortunately, it was not enough for Washington, who suffered a second loss in a row and a third in the last five games, 117:111 to the powerful Milwaukee, which dropped it to 34:30, a distance of only a game and a half from Indiana and Chicago, who are burning behind it in the battle for the place in the top ten in the conference.
The Bucks, on the other hand, improved their record (the best in the league) to 18:46, as they return to winning ways after the loss to Philadelphia that interrupted their 16-game winning streak.
As mentioned, Avdia recorded an encouraging game on both sides of the field.
The disadvantage of the injured Kyle Kuzma didn't jump him back into the top five, but it gave him more minutes (31) and more responsibility.
Avdia was entrusted with the defense for long minutes on Giannis Antetokounmpo, and did a fairly reasonable job.
Offensively, he stood out mainly in the second half, finishing the game with 17 points (his most on February 9) with good percentages (5 of 10 from the field, 2 of 4 from the three, 5 of 5 from the free throw line).
Avdia also added 6 rebounds, two assists, 3 steals as well as 4 fouls and two turnovers.
Unfortunately, like the rest of his teammates, he was not focused enough in the final minutes and was responsible for two turnovers that helped the Bucks decide the game.
Danny worked hard in defense, and did his part in attack as well.
In front of Yanis (Photo: Reuters)
As in many games this season, Kristaps Porzingis was hot in the opening.
He scored 18 points in the first quarter and kept the Wizards within touching distance.
The Bucks still went into halftime with a double-digit lead, but an excellent third quarter by Bradley Beal and Avdia brought the Wizards back into business.
Beale continued to excel in the last quarter and carried the team on his back, while Avdia did a decent defensive job at all on Antetokounmpo.
But Milwaukee went into an excellent shooting night (22 of 49 from beyond the arc), and that was the parameter that decided the game in the end, as well as the fatigue of the Wizards who played a second game in 24 hours.
Two minutes to the end Avdia lost a ball when he stepped on the line, and then he lost another ball with an attacking foul.
In the following attacks, Yannis and his friends closed things down, and the game ended with a controversial move, with Antetokounmpo taking advantage of the last seconds when the Washington players had already raised their hands, to deliberately miss and take his 10th rebound, en route to a triple double.
Yanis finished with 23 points (6 of 12 from the field, 11 of 15 from the free throw), 13 assists, 10 rebounds and also 3 blocks, and Javon Carter (20) and Jaro Holiday (18 and 7 assists) helped him.
Washington was led by Bradley Beal with 33 and 9 rebounds, and Kristaps Porzingis with 24, 13, 5 assists and two blocks.
The Wizards will hope to return to winning ways after the two consecutive losses, when they host Detroit on the night between Tuesday and Wednesday.