The Washington Wizards had a strong shooting performance from the field in this one, going 39-75 (52.0%), in a 102-88 win over the Chicago Bulls. Washington (17-19) picked up the win after falling to the Houston Rockets on Saturday.
Nene Hilario scored 19 points on 9-14 shooting from the field and 1-6 from the free throw line. Washington also got solid performances from John Wall with 19 points and 7 assists, and Trevor Ariza with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Despite the loss, Carlos Boozer put up 19 points for Chicago on 9-15 shooting. He also recorded 7 rebounds.
As expected, the Bulls offense did not have its best game, struggling to score against the top-notch Wizards defense that ranks fourth in the league with a defensive efficiency of 111.4. They registered just .960 points per possession in this game, and rank 29th in the NBA with an offensive efficiency of 96.9 on the season. The Wizards recorded a FTA rate of 37.3 to go alongside their 56.7% eFG%. They are undefeated (2-0) on the season when eclipsing 35.0 and 55% in those respective offensive factors. The Bulls, however, are winless (0-2) when allowing opponents to reach those thresholds.
This defeat means an end to a five-game winning streak for Chicago, pushing their record to 17-19 for the year.
Coming up, the Wizards square off with the Miami Heat, who are 27-10 on the season. The Bulls meet the Orlando Magic, currently sitting at 10-28 this year. The Wizards are 0-1 versus Miami this season. The Bulls are 0-1 versus Orlando this season.