NBA Game Summary - Washington at Chicago
(Friday, February 29th)
Final Score: Washington 97, Chicago 91
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Antawn Jamison scored 17 points and raked in 15 rebounds, as the Washington Wizards erased a 20-point deficit on the way to a 97-91 win over the Chicago Bulls.
Andray Blatche scored 17 points and grabbed 10 boards, and Roger Mason also scored 17 points off the bench for the Wizards, who have won three of four. Antonio Daniels added 16 points and six rebounds, and Darius Songaila had 14 points for Washington, which opened the second half with a 22-1 run to claw back into the game.
Andres Nocioni scored 19 points and grabbed six boards for the Bulls, who have lost three of four. Luol Deng had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Chicago, and Kirk Hinrich and Larry Hughes each scored 16 points.
"We got what we deserved tonight," said Bulls coach Jim Boylan. "We deserved to lose that game. We did not play 48 minutes. We played one half and we thought that was enough."
The Wizards trailed by 18 at the half, but quickly cleared that deficit off the board with a 22-1 push. Mason scored 10 points on the run, including a three, and his jumper capped the burst and put the Wizards up 56-53 with 5:11 left in the third quarter.
The Bulls battled back and took a four-point lead, but a 9-0 Washington push gave the Wizards a 69-64 lead. Washington led 69-66 entering the fourth quarter.
"The guys just came out with the attitude to play better," said Wizards head coach Eddie Jordan of the second-half surge. "Our starters are veterans and professional. It was nothing I said or we did."
Washington held a six-point lead in the last two minutes, but Drew Gooden made one-of-two free throws, and Nocioni drained a three with 39.9 seconds left to cut the Wizards lead to 93-91.
A loose ball and a scramble ended up with a three-point play for Jamison, pushing Washington up 96-91 with 27 seconds left. The Bulls couldn't score again.
Chicago opened strong, and led 30-23 after the first quarter. The Bulls kept pushing ahead in the second quarter, and a Hinrich three gave Chicago a 52-32 lead in the final minute of the half. A Songaila jumper cut the deficit to 18 at the break.
The Bulls failed to pick up back-to-back wins for the first time since defeating Milwaukee and New York on December 28 and 30...Washington's Caron Butler sat out his 11th straight game with a torn labrum in his hip. The Wizards are 10-35 since the 2005-06 campaign when Butler is sidelined...The Wizards had lost six straight games at the United Center, and hadn't won at Chicago since October 29, 2003.
02/29 23:38:08 ET