Okafor helps Wizards top Bulls 86-73

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 26, 2013 at 10:17 pm •  Published: January 26, 2013
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Two of the season's first five wins came against Miami and Oklahoma City, but in many ways, this was even more impressive.

"As a coach, I'll take it against a high school team," Washington coach Randy Wittman said.

Wittman, whose team was decimated by injuries early this season, pointed out that star point guard Derrick Rose has yet to play for the Bulls, and All-Star forward Luol Deng missed his fifth straight game with a strained right hamstring.

"I've been there, but a win's a win," Wittman said.

Wall, who started for the second straight night, has been the catalyst for the team's recent success.

"It's not just me, man. It's never just me. I wanted to come in and be a spark for the team," Wall said.

"I'm just doing a great job of getting easy shots for my teammates."

The Wizards outscored Chicago 23-11 in the third quarter to take a 73-55 lead. The 11 points were a season low for the Bulls. Chicago had twice as many turnovers (six) as field goals (three) in the period.

"I thought we played low energy tonight," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said.

"You gotta get ready for everybody. ... When you start taking shortcuts, the results aren't gonna be good."

The Wizards put together an 11-0 run late in the second quarter, holding the Bulls scoreless for nearly five minutes while building a 50-44 halftime lead.

Washington outscored Chicago 10-2 to start the third and led 60-46 with 8:58 to play. Nene hit two more field goals and two free throws as the Wizards extended the lead to 69-51 with 4:28 left in the third.

NOTES: The 29 points in the second half were a season low for the Bulls. ... Within a minute in the third quarter, Chicago F Carlos Boozer was charged with a flagrant foul for elbowing Okafor and a technical foul. ... The game was a sellout — the third of the season for Washington. ... The Wizards trailed after the first quarter for the first time in their last eight home games.

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