Jordan's last game against the Chicago Bulls was marred by seven
technical fouls and some not-so-kind words in the locker room. The
Washington Wizards beat the Bulls 101-93 Saturday night, and it's
probably for the best that these teams won't see each other again
"I felt like it was kind of like David fighting Goliath -- and Goliath was able to use a weapon,'' Rose said.
"It was just so blatant,'' Rose said. "He hit me in the head and knocked my tooth out. I was trying to score the ball, but it was flat-out blatant. ... I didn't get a shooting foul. He didn't get a flagrant foul. We're the Bulls -- just take it out of bounds and whatever.''
Jordan pleaded guilty to hitting Rose hard, but he blamed Rose
for the rising tensions that led to five second-half technicals on
"He was advocating for all the trash talking and trying to
dirty up the game,'' Jordan said. "They didn't have any other
purpose other than to try to dirty up the game and get our heads
out of the game. He was an advocate for that, and I felt that was
inappropriate -- especially when you've got young guys and you're
trying to teach them the right way. He's the leader of the ball club.
"I felt liked it was getting out of hand. Did I foul him hard? Yes, I did. ... I just felt that he was not being true to the game.''
The Bulls' loss of composure in the third quarter cost them the game. The Wizards went on a 19-2 run to break open what had been a close contest.
The basketball spotlight was stolen by rookie Juan Dixon in his
first NBA start. Dixon, starting because of injuries to Larry
Hughes and Tyronn Lue, had 27 points and six rebounds, including 16
points on 6-for-7 shooting in the third quarter. He was 4-for-5
from 3-point range in the quarter.
"Juan just has that hunger and that fire,'' said Brendan Haywood, who had five blocks for the second straight game. "He really isn't a point guard, but he finds a way to be effective.''
Jordan, in his lowest-scoring performance since turning 40 six
games ago, had 17 points. Never comfortable playing against his old
team, Jordan averaged just 15.3 points in six games against the
Bulls over two seasons in Washington.
Jordan again wore a compression stocking on his right leg as he
recovers from the deep thigh bruise he got against Indiana on
Jerry Stackhouse also had 27 points for the Wizards, who have
won three straight and four of five and reached .500 for the first
time since Jan. 24. The Wizards had two technical fouls -- both in
the second quarter -- including coach Doug Collins' first of the
Rose and Jamal Crawford scored 21 points apiece for the Bulls,
who have lost five of seven and fell to an NBA-worst 3-30 on the
Bulls forward Eddie Robinson missed the game with a
strained right hamstring. ... Anthony Goldwire, signed by the
Wizards to a 10-day contract earlier Saturday, played three minutes
and scored two points. Goldwire had been playing with the Yakima
Kings of the CBA. ... The Wizards started an all-ACC lineup:
Jordan, Stackhouse, Haywood (all North Carolina), Dixon (Maryland)
and Christian Laettner (Duke). The Bulls played three ACC products:
Jay Williams (Duke), Lonny Baxter (Maryland) and Roger Mason
(Virginia). Mason, who has missed most of the season with a
shoulder injury, scored his first NBA points. ... The Wizards put
Lue on the injured list Friday with a separated left shoulder.
Hughes is out with a sprained ankle. ... Jordan is averaging 28.3
points since turning 40.
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