Washington, on the other hand, was looking to add to its three game winning streak, during which it had won each contest by an average of 11 points. The Wizards, who had beaten the Clippers, Knicks, and Nets most recently, hadn't allowed their opponents more than 100 points since January 25th in a 114-101 win at home over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Bradley Beal had returned to the lineup on Friday against the Nets, but remained in his temporary role coming off the bench, giving Garrett Temple his 13th start of the season.
The Wizards, who hadn't won in Milwaukee since December of 2009, fell behind early, trailing 24-14 with 5:17 left in the 1st quarter, but were able to cut the Bucks' lead to 3, going into the 2nd with a 32-29 deficit. Washington tied the game at 42 with 5:09 left in the 2nd quarter on a Trevor Ariza fast break layup, taking a 55-47 lead into the half behind 16 first half points from Bradley Beal.
Milwaukee went on a run of it's own to cut the lead to 3 with 7:02 left in the 3rd quarter, but their main interior defensive presence, Samuel Dalembert, who would eventually foul out, was relegated to the bench after picking up his 5th foul with 6:46 left in the period. Bucks' forward Luc Mbah a Moute, who would return later, had already left the game at the beginning of the quarter holding his right leg, which left more holes in the Bucks' already depleted lineup. Despite the losses of some of their key players, Milwaukee cut the Wizards' lead to 4 with 1:48 left in the 3rd quarter on a Mike Dunleavy free throw, resulting from a John Wall technical foul. Wall had apparently thought he was fouled on a previous possession, and voiced his displeasure during the ensuing timeout.