Notebook: Wizards 86, Bulls 73



Posted Jan 26, 2013 11:51 PM

Rich Dubroff, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: Emeka Okafor scored 15 points and had 16 rebounds, Nene scored 16 and and John Wall added 15 as the Washington Wizards won for the seventh time in 10 games, 86-73 over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.

After Chicago had a five-point lead midway through the second quarter, the Wizards outscored the Bulls 38-15 to take a 73-55 lead after three.

Nate Robinson led Chicago, whose three-game winning streak was snapped, with 19. Joakim Noah barely missed a triple-double with nine points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists. Robinson was the only Bull in double figures.

QUOTABLE: "Right now, it's just a buzz. It's nothing that's official. Once we get to .500 or above, then we can start putting ourselves up with some of the best teams in the East."

-- Wizards forward Martell Webster

THE STAT: Washington held Chicago to 29 points in the second half -- its fewest this season.

TURNING POINT: The Bulls were within six at the half, but any chance they had evaporated when they had three field goals and six turnovers in an 11-point third quarter. "I thought we played low energy," Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau said. "When you start taking shortcuts, the results aren't going to be good."

QUOTABLE II: "We had a good little wave we was riding'. Sometimes you fall off, but now we gotta get back up on the wave and keep surfing."

-- Robinson

HOT: Okafor was 6-for-8 from the field. In the last two nights, he's 10-for-14.

NOT: .Carlos Boozer was just 3-for-9. He had a flagrant foul for elbowing Okafor and a technical within a minute in the third quarter. He had just two rebounds, eight below his season average.

GOOD MOVE: Knowing he had back-to-back games, Wizards coach Randy Wittman pulled his starters early in Friday's decisive win over Minnesota. His players had lots of energy.

BAD MOVE: Boozer elbowing Okafor in the midst of the Wizards' third quarter run, getting a flagrant, and giving Washington added momentum.

NOTABLE: The Wizards won their fifth straight home game for the first time in nearly five years.

IN THE ARENA: Washington drew its third sellout of the season, and earlier in the day, Georgetown upset No. 5 Louisville at the Verizon Center, The two games drew a combined 37,782 fans.

UP NEXT: For the Bulls, Monday vs. Charlotte, Wednesday @ Milwaukee, Friday @ Brooklyn. For the Wizards, Monday vs. Sacramento, Wednesday @ Philadelphia, Friday @ Memphis.