Wizards shut down Bulls in second half

Updated: January 26, 2013

A physical battle in the post left Carlos
Boozer clearly frustrated.

By the end of the game, the Chicago Bulls looked like a team that was playing
with fatigue.

Emeka Okafor had 15 points and 16 rebounds as the Washington Wizards upended
the Bulls, 86-73, at Verizon Center. Nene totaled 16 points and John Wall
contributed 15 points and seven assists in Washington’s seventh victory in 10

Kirk Hinrich, who had a season-high 25 points in Chicago’s 103-87 home win
over Golden State on Friday, was limited to seven points a night later. Joakim
Noah barely missed a triple-double, as he finished with nine points, 17
rebounds and tied a career-high with 10 assists for the Bulls, whose three-
game winning streak came to an end. Nate Robinson led the way with 19 points
in defeat.

Boozer was hit with a flagrant 1 foul and a technical in a span of 38 seconds
in the third quarter. The flagrant came with 6:33 left in the period. Boozer
was posting up when he elbowed Okafor in the face. Okafor went 1-of-2 at the
charity stripe to expand Washington’s lead to 65-51.

Shortly thereafter, Okafor, who was trying to drive to the hoop, crashed into
Boozer. The Bulls forward gave Okafor a small shove and a technical foul was

Boozer picked up his fourth foul with 4 1/2 minutes left in the third, and he
went to the bench.

The Wizards carried a 73-55 lead into the fourth quarter and were ahead by
double digits the rest of the way.

Chicago held a 24-23 lead after a tightly contested first quarter. Wall’s
layup in the dying seconds of the second quarter boosted the Wizards to a
50-44 halftime edge. The Wizards scored 11 in a row during the quarter, wiping
out a five-point deficit. Okafor capped the burst with a hook shot with 1:08
left for a 46-40 difference.

The Wizards scored eight straight in the early stages of the third quarter.

Game Notes

The Wizards have won five in a row at home … The Bulls won the first
meeting, 87-77, on December 29th in Chicago. The two teams will meet again on
April 2nd in Washington and April 17th in Chicago. This was Washington’s
second win in the last 10 meetings.