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Friday, February 27th (All times eastern)

Chicago Bulls (26-32) at Washington Wizards (13-44), 7:00 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The playoff-hopeful Chicago Bulls close out a quick two- game road trip tonight against the Eastern Conference's worst team, the Washington Wizards, at the Verizon Center.

Chicago is just one game behind Milwaukee for the eighth and final postseason spot in the East, but hasn't played consistent basketball of late. Over the last 10 games, the Bulls are 5-5 and have dropped two of the last three, including a 111-99 setback at New Jersey on Wednesday.

Ben Gordon had a team-high 17 points and John Salmons chipped in 15 for the Bulls, who got 13 points and 11 rebounds from Tim Thomas and 10 points out of Brad Miller.

The Bulls are 1-2 with newcomers Salmons, Thomas and Miller, all of whom were acquired in trades last week. Salmons is averaging 12.7 points per game since coming over from Sacramento earlier this month.

Kirk Hinrich contributed 14 points for the Bulls and Luol Deng scored 12 in defeat. Chicago dropped to 10-21 away from the Windy City this season.

Washington will try to salvage the finale of a three-game homestand Friday and is 9-21 as the host in 2008-09 after Wednesday's 106-98 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Caron Butler had 17 points, Antawn Jamison netted 16 and Mike James finished with 15 points for the Wizards, who have lost two straight since a two-game winning streak and fell to 3-7 this month. Dominic McGuire posted 14 points and 14 rebounds in a losing effort.

The Wizards will try to stop a two-game slide against the Bulls, who have beaten Washington twice in Chicago this season. Chicago has won 10 of the last 15 meetings in the series, but is just 3-10 over its previous 13 visits to DC.

02/27 10:35:02 ET


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