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The Wizards got their eighth straight win at the Verizon Center as they beat the Bulls 90-86 on Tuesday night. John Wall was not far from a triple-double, as he had 27 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. This is the first time the Wizards have won as many as eight straight at home since the '06-'07 season.

Chicago got the jump on Washington early, opening the game up 10-2 as the Wizards started the game just one for their first six. The Bulls would hold the advantage for the entire half and go into the break up by seven. The Bulls led by eight after a three ball from Nate Robinson midway through the third quarter, but the Wizards would respond with a 14-2 run, which would give them their first lead of the night. They would head into the fourth quarter up by one. Thanks to some clutch three point shooting from A.J. Price, the Wizards led the entire way until the Bulls tied it up on a Nate Robinson jumper with two minutes left. After Price and Mohammed traded buckets, an Okafor dunk followed by two Ariza free throws would be the difference in the four point win.

John Wall had another outstanding night, scoring 27 points on 8/17 shooting from the field and 11/13 from the free throw line. He added nine assists, eight rebounds and three blocks. Four other Wizards were in double figures as Price had 13 and Ariza, Nene and Okafor all had 10.

For the Bulls, Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 12 boards and Nate Robinson came off the bench to score 17.

The Wizards will now head north of the border to face the Raptors on Wednesday night.


Emeka Okafor
Points: 10
Rebounds: 9
Blocks: 0

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Points: John Wall - 27
Rebounds: Emeka Okafor - 9
Assists: John Wall - 9
Blocks: John Wall - 3
Steals: 3 Tied - 1

Randy Wittman Postgame

On Game:

“This was, I thought, a really positive step again for us in learning and moving in the direction we want to go. We didn’t particularly, I think you can ask any of our players in there, play our ‘A’ game, yet we gutted a win out. We gutted a win out and 82 games you’re not going to have your ‘A’ game and to be a good team and move in the direction we want to move in, you have got to find a way to win when you don’t have that and defensively that was tonight.”

John Wall Postgame

On getting a win:

“It’s good. We know we didn’t play defensively the way we could. We know to win games we got to play defense. We basically tried to pick them apart and chop into their lead. We played no D in the first half, they were just scoring at will.”

Bradley Beal Postgame

On his injury:

“It was bothering me when I was warming up. It wasn’t as bad as when I had that fall in the second half. That’s when it really started to hurt the most. I told Coach (Randy Wittman) in the second half that if you see me limping or doing anything that is not helping the team just take me out. And he took me out so I didn’t have a problem with that at all.”

A.J. Price Postgame

On team's performance:

“Even when we came back after half time, we didn’t think we were playing bad necessarily. We just felt like we weren’t getting stops. They were shooting the ball really well but we knew they wouldn’t keep that up all game. So we picked it up coming back into the second half with 30 something percent and that’s what won the game for us.”

Martell Webster Postgame

On how tonight feels:

"It feels great. We are not trying to cruise either. You can easily say it’s time to pack it in because we are not playing for the anything, but we are. We are playing for each other. We knew they were going to come out and play tough basketball, that’s just their motto. That’s their identity.”