By: Jeremy Hyman
The Wizards defeated Chicago Bulls 102-88 on January 13th in Chicago...John Wall scored 19 points to go along with seven assists and five rebounds...Nene scored 19 points and also had five rebounds and five assists. Full Recap
Part Two - For the second time in four days, the Wizards will take on the Chicago Bulls. This time, the city changes to Washington DC and the venue to Verizon Center. The Wizards played one of their better games of the season on Monday in a wire-to-wire 102-88 win over the Bulls in Chicago. They followed that up with a blowout win over the defending champion Miami Heat on Wednesday night at home and now look to carry that momentum into tonight. The Bulls are coming off a three overtime win in Orlando where they scored a season-high 128 points. The Wizards handed them their only loss in their last seven games and they will surely have that on their mind tonight.
Spreading the Wealth - Both the Wizards and Bulls are coming off games where they recorded 30+ assists without one player reaching double-digits. That indicates that these two teams are moving the ball well and running offense through multiple players. On the season, the Wizards are 9th in the NBA with 23.0 assists per game, while the Bulls rank 14th at 22.0 per game. One of the main factors in tonight's game will be which team can move the ball on offense, so keep an eye on the assist totals for these two teams.
Wizards - The Wizards scored 43 points on 77% shooting in the first quarter on Wednesday night against Miami. They would cool down some and finish the game with 114 points on a season-high 55% shooting. They shot 52% in a win over the Bulls on Monday. Look for them to continue their hot shooting tonight.
Bulls - Joakin Noah scored a season-high 26 points and had a season-high 19 rebounds in a 3OT win over the Magic on Wednesday.
Trevor Booker - Trevor Booker scored 13 points and grabbed 11 boards on 5-5 shooting in a 114-97 win over Miami on Wednesday night. He's moved from the starting lineup to the bench, but is still putting in valuable minutes for the Wizards. With the Wizards tightening up their rotation, it has been Booker that has been one of the key ingredients to the second unit.
The action kicks off at 7:00pm at Verizon Center.
Tonight features another good battle in the post with two of the conference's top centers set to battle. On Monday,neither Marcin Gortat or Joakim Noah were heavily involved in the offense. Noah finished with eight points on 2-5 shooting, while Gortat had seven points on 3-6 shooting. Noah did grab 16 boards and finish with two steals and a block, but it was Gortat's Wizards that came away with the 14 point win. Noah followed that game up with a season-high 26 point, 19 rebound effort in a 3OT win in Orlando on Wednesday night.
Gortat's gets ahead of the pack and throws down a dunk.