NBA Game Summary - Chicago at Washington
(Friday, February 27th)
Final Score: Washington 113, Chicago 90
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Antawn Jamison scored a game-high 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead eight double-digit scorers, as the lowly Washington Wizards used a strong fourth quarter to hold on for a 113-90 win over the playoff-hopeful Chicago Bulls at Verizon Center.
The game was delayed three minutes as President Barack Obama made his entrance into the building to watch the game. Although Obama was cheering for his hometown Bulls, the fans applauded him as he made his way to his court-side seat.
"We wanted to perform well in front of the president," said Jamison. "The most important thing was getting the win."
As for the game, all of Washington's starters scored in double-digits. Dominic McGuire also added a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards for the Wizards, who bounced back from a 106-98 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. Mike James and Caron Butler finished with 14 points apiece. Nick Young and Andray Blatche ended with 12 points each off the bench.
"We seemed to know when to take the fast break and we knew when to kind of bring it back out," said Washington coach Ed Tapscott. "I felt a pretty good effort team wise. Obviously delighted to get the win."
Chicago was paced by John Salmons, who poured in a team-high 25 points off the bench. Ben Gordon ended with 11 points and five rebounds for the Bulls, who dropped to 5-6 over the past 11 games. Derrick Rose finished with 10 points in defeat.
"They out played us and we didn't play together," said Chicago coach Vinny Del Negro. "It's frustrating but we just got to keep battling."
Ahead 94-84 with under eight minutes remaining, Washington sealed the win by going on a 19-6 run to finish the game.
The first 12 minutes of play was surprisingly dominated by the Wizards. After Gordon made a deuce to start the game, Washington rattled off 12 straight points. Butler's 21-foot jumper capped off the run with just over eight minutes left in the first quarter.
Ahead 18-10, the Wizards scored seven straight points to extend their early cushion to 15, 25-10. However, the Bulls did outscore the Wizards 8-2 to end the frame and cut the gap to nine, 27-18.
Trailing 40-31, Chicago used a 9-2 surge to cut the margin to just two with under 3 1/2 minutes to go until half. Salmons had six points during the flurry.
Washington held onto a 49-45 edge heading into the locker room. Jamison, who poured in 13 points in the first frame, was held scoreless in the second quarter.
The Wizards maintained a slim lead in the third frame before pulling away halfway through the stanza. Ahead 62-60 with under seven minutes left, Washington went on an 11-3 run to go up by 10, 73-63. James tallied seven points during the spurt, including a three-pointer to culminate the flurry with under four minutes remaining.
Washington took a 83-74 advantage into the final quarter.
Washington shot 50.6 percent from the field, while Chicago hit just 39.5 percent of its shots...The Wizards had 53 rebounds, compared to only 37 for the Bulls...President Obama was the first president to attend a Wizards game since Bill Clinton in 2000...The Bulls visited the president on Thursday at the White House and presented Obama with a personalized No. 44 jersey.
02/28 00:19:25 ET