NBA Game Summary - Chicago at Washington
(Wednesday, December 19th)
Final Score: Chicago 95, Washington 84
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Ben Gordon scored 22 points, tallied six assists, and grabbed six rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls downed the Washington Wizards, 95-84.
Luol Deng scored 20 points, and Tyrus Thomas added 14 points for the Bulls, who have won two of three. Aaron Gray finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds for Chicago.
Caron Butler scored 29 points, doled out 10 assists, and grabbed 11 boards to notch a triple-double for the Wizards, who saw their four-game win streak come to an end. Antawn Jamison had 24 points and 12 boards for Washington.
Washington scored seven straight points late in regulation to edge on top, taking an 80-79 lead on a Butler basket with 4:11 to play. The Bulls responded with a 12-0 run to take control, though. Deng put Chicago back on top with a layup, and Gordon capped the stretch with a layup that put the Bulls ahead 91-80 with 1:04 remaining.
"It was a good victory for us," said Gordon. "I thought everything was working: the scoring, the rebounding, and the passing."
The Wizards came out firing, opening the game with an 11-2 run, and leading by as much as 13 points late in the first quarter. The Bulls cut the deficit to 27-20 by the end of the quarter, though, and Washington went ice cold in the second quarter.
The Bulls outscored the Wizards 25-13 in the second. Trailing 40-35 with less than three minutes left in the half Chicago rallied, spurred by consecutive three-pointers by Gordon. The Bulls scored the last 10 points of the first half, and took a 45-40 lead into the break.
"We fell in love with the jump shot in the second quarter," said Butler. "They were capitalizing on our misses and getting out in transition."
The Bulls led 65-63 after three quarters of play.
The Bulls were without the services of forward Ben Wallace, who sat with a sore left foot...Butler's 10 assists tied a career high...Washington shot 38.6 percent from the field, and only made 7-of-26 three-pointers (26.9 percent).
12/19 23:57:44 ET