WASHINGTON (AP) — Emeka Okafor had 15 points and 16 rebounds, helping the surging Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 86-73 on Saturday night.
Nene scored 16 points and John Wall had 15 for Washington, which has won consecutive games for the second time this season. The Wizards have won five straight at home for the first time in five years, and seven of 10 overall.
It's a marked improvement from the start of the season, when Washington (11-31) dropped 28 of its first 32 games.
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For the first 32 games of the season, the Washington Wizards were a sorry bunch — winning only four times. The comical comparison was the Washington Generals — the punching bag for the Harlem Globetrotters.
Not so much anymore.
Emeka Okafor had 15 points and 16 rebounds, helping the Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 86-73 on Saturday night for their seventh victory in the last 10 games.
John Wall and Nene each scored 16 points for Washington, which has won consecutive games for the second time this season. The Wizards have won five straight at home for the first time in five years.
"We are the team we thought we were supposed to be," Okafor said.
The run began before Wall returned from a left knee injury, and now the injury-riddled team is healthy again.
"We have back all the players. There is our team," Nene said. "We gonna shut up people's mouths. That's what we're going to do."
Chicago (26-17) had won a season-high three in a row for the third time.
Nate Robinson scored 19 points for the Bulls, and Joakim Noah narrowly missed a triple-double with nine points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists, which equaled his career high.
"I think we got beat by a team that just played harder than us tonight," Noah said.
"We played tired basketball tonight."
Chicago dominated Golden State at home on Friday night, leading throughout the game while Washington (11-31) easily beat undermanned Minnesota for its 10th victory of the season.
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