The Bulls, (19-9) defeated a tough team in the Washington Wizards who have two talented guards, John Wall, and Bradley Beal. Wall and Beal combined for 33 points but it wasn’t enough as Chicago won a key road game.
Washington led late in the fourth quarter on a 12-0 run but the Bulls answered with a 8-0 run of their own, with Rose scoring 6 points, to emerge with the W. Pau Gasol narrowly missed a double-double scoring 18 points and taking in 9 rebounds. Joakin Noah had a good night scoring 8 points while grabbing 11 boards.
Jimmy Butler scored 11 but took on Wall and Beal defensively to hold them in check. Aaron Brooks contributed 13 big points. Taj Gibson had a solid night scoring 12, with 7 rebounds.
The Bulls won the rebound battle, 52-41. Chicago out-shot Washington, 45.9% to 42.7% from from the floor. Washington’s Paul Pierce scored 12 points. C Marcin Gortat scored 14 points and took in 11 boards.
In a battle of two good teams, the Bulls came out on top. Rose was the difference, going 10-17 from the floor, converting only 1 his 3 three point attempts. Kirk Hinrich did not play due to a knee injury.