Washington, DC–The Wizards entered tonight’s game a little thin on the roster and at the end of the night against the Bulls, their thiness on the roster led to a 95-84 loss.
Washington had one chance to get back into the game when Caron Butler’s jump shot gave Washington its first lead of the second half, 80-79, with about four minutes to play. The Bulls then scored the game’s next 12 points to secure the win. The loss ended Washington’s four-game win streak.
Ben Gordon led the way for the Bulls with 22 points and Rookie Aaron Gray came off the bench to help fill for the missing Ben Wallace and finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds, the first time he’d broken the double-digit mark in either category this season.
Luol Deng had 20 points for the Bulls, and Tyrus Thomas scored 14.
The Wizards have done well without Arenas and now Antonio Daniels but Caron Butler continues to pour it on and lead his team. Butler had his second triple-double of the season and career, with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
Antawn Jamison helped Butler with 24 points and 12 rebounds, but it was the rest of the starters and the bench that kept the Wizards a bit short tonight.
DeShawn Stevenson who came alive in the Wizards four game winning streak was held to 3 for 10 from the field tonight and just 8 points.
The Bulls also capitalized on the Wizards 18 turnovers tonight. Something Butler would like for his team to do a little less of in the close games.
“We fell in love with the jump shot in the second quarter and they were capitalizing on our misses, getting out in transition,” Butler said. “We had a lot of turnovers.”
Mike Wilks signed with the Wizards before the game but didn’t play. Washington is his eighth NBA team since he entered the league with Atlanta in 2002-03. “My whole career has been a journey,” Wilks said before the game. “Doing my best to stay ready for a phone call.