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Despite five Wizards scoring in double figures for the second straight night, the Wizards fell 87-77, to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night in Chicago.

The Wizards opened the game shooting the ball well and led the Bulls, 26-22, after one quarter. They did so without Jordan Crawford, who missed the game with a sore ankle, and was added to an injury list that includes John Wall, Trevor Ariza, Trevor Booker, and A.J. Price. Even without them, the Wizards had a good rhythm to their offense early and were given eight first quarter points from Kevin Seraphin off the bench.

The Wizards offense hit their first lull in the second quarter which led to the Bulls opening up a six point halftime lead, 45-39. The Wiz then fell behind by double digits early in the second half, but like they have done for much of the season, they would battle back and make this a one possession game midway through the fourth quarter. The Wizards would reach 77 points with 4:47 left in the fourth when Nene sunk a free throw, but that would be the Wizards last points of the game as the Bulls defense was too much and led them to this win.

Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 14 points, while Emeka Okafor added 11 points and a season-high 18 rebounds. Kevin Seraphin led the bench with 12 points, while Martell Webster and Nene each finished with 10. Marco Belinelli led the Bulls with 17 points off the bench.

The Wizards will next play on New Years Day when they host the Dallas Mavericks at 6pm.


Martell Webster
Points: 10
Rebounds: 6
Assists: 1

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Points: Bradley Beal - 14
Rebounds: Emeka Okafor - 19
Assists: Garrett Temple & Shelvin Mack - 5
Blocks: Okafor - 2
Steals: Beal & Temple - 1

On 2nd and 4th Q lulls:

“It wasn't just at those times. We just didn't have our offense. We didn't shot the ball well, and they have a good defensive team. We struggled from the perimeter all night. We fought hard, but not knocking shots down from the perimeter meant if we weren't scoring in the paint, we were having trouble. As we've seen when we shot 47% or so it changes the game. Tonight we came out and battled hard, even though short handed. Yes, It hurt to loose our leading scorer (Jordan) but it isn't that reason we lost.”

On Okafor:

“He was a beast out there tonight for us. He had 18 rebounds and just gave us his all at both ends.”
On overall play:

“I wish I didn't have the turnovers that I did tonight. If not for those we would have been in this game at the end of it. We had the talent out there to win tonight. I was definitely pressured and made a couple of late turnovers. I take that on me as the point guard.”

On the Bulls:

“Defensively they are real decisive on what they are going to do. When our shots didn't go in, they made it very difficult. That defensive effort only gives you one shot, and that hurt us a lot tonight.”