Rapid Reaction: Wizards 86, Bulls 73

January, 26, 2013
1/26/13
8:28
PM CT
Friedell By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com
Archive
WASHINGTON -- Let's take a quick look at how the Washington Wizards earned an 86-73 win over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night at the Verizon Center.

How it happened: Nene had 16 points, six rebounds and four assists, and John Wall added 15 points and seven assists. Nate Robinson led the Bulls with 19 points, but he was the only offensive threat the Bulls had most of the night. Their execution on both ends of the floor was bad.

What it means: The Bulls looked flat all night. With both teams playing the second night of a back to back, Tom Thibodeau's team looked lethargic throughout. The offense was sporadic and did not have any rhythm. All season long, the Bulls have had a problem by consistently playing up or down to their competition. This game was no different. The Wizards have been playing better basketball of late, but that shouldn't excuse the fact the Bulls did not play with the edge Thibodeau is always seeking.

Hits: About the only positive on this night for Thibodeau was the way Joakim Noah played at times. The All-Star center almost had a triple double with nine points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists.

Misses: Carlos Boozer had his worst game in a while. He scored just six points and grabbed just two rebounds in 24 minutes.

Stat of the night: Points in the paint: Wizards had a 48-26 advantage.

What's next: The Bulls take on the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday night.

Nick Friedell | email

Chicago Bulls beat reporter
Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Derrick Rose
PTS AST STL MIN
15.9 4.3 0.5 31.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Noah 11.3
AssistsJ. Noah 5.4
StealsJ. Butler 1.9
BlocksJ. Noah 1.5