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The Wizards went on a 10-2 run to open the second half to springboard them to their fifth straight win at home, an 86-73 victory over the Bulls.

The first half was a tightly contested one which saw the two teams trade the lead for most of the way before the Wizards grabbed a six point lead towards the end of the half. The second half opened up all Wizards though as they jumped on Chicago for a 10-2 run over the first three minutes of the half. The third quarter saw the Wizards hold the Bulls to just 11 points, their season low, en route to taking an 18 point lead. The Wizards would cruise in the fourth quarter, finishing with a 13 point win. Once the Wizards opened up their double digit lead at the beginning of the second half, the Bulls would never get closer than 10.

Emeka Okafor led the effort with 15 points and 16 boards for his fifth double-double in the Wizards last 10 games. Nene led the team in scoring with 16 points and Wall added 15 points and 7 assists.

Nate Robinson was the only Bulls player in double figures on the night as he had 19 points. Joakim Noah just missed a triple double with 17 boards, 10 assists but only 9 points.

The Wizards will go for their sixth straight win at home on Monday night as they look to exact revenge on Sacramento for their one point loss out west.


John Wall
Points: 15
Rebounds: 3
Assists: 7

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Points: Nene - 16
Rebounds: Emeka Okafor - 16
Assists: John Wall - 7
Blocks: Webster and Booker - 1
Steals: Emeka Okafor - 2

Randy Wittman Postgame

On the game:

“Couldn’t be any more proud of these guys. These guys defensively tonight were in tune. I mean that’s what won the game. We had to make a couple of adjustments at halftime to do a couple things that we really haven’t done a lot this year and these guys went out and did it. And that’s what I told them. They just took a step by showing me that. That’s what this game and playoff teams do. It’s a game of adjustments. We were getting hurt in a couple situations in the first half and I was a little reluctant in talking to my coaches of trying it because it wasn’t something we’ve every really done with this group. I said ‘Let’s see how far we’ve grown’ and they went out and executed it to a “T” in the second half. That was really neat to see.”

John Wall Postgame

On team effort:

“It’s not just me. Never just me. It’s my team. I just wanted to come in and be a spark for my team. Just play my game. I think I’m just doing a great job of getting easy shots for my teammates and making the game easy. My team is doing a great job of building their confidence and playing the same way. I’m just helping them out as much as I can.”

Nene Postgame

On team effort:

“What I can say is that is the kind of potential we have. Now we’ve started proving a point. Now we’ve started playing our game, have back all the players, and there is our team.”

Emeka Okafor Postgame

On win:

“We've gotten better at our recent style of play, these past few games we've been moving the ball on offense and moving well on defense. We are the team that we thought we were supposed to be".

Jordan Crawford Postgame

On win:

“We played a great 48 minutes. We just focused all game and it showed.”