Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bulls Win 7: E Equal, Is Alone Atop The East Race

CHICAGO (AP) Derrick Rose scored 23 points Chicago scored a seventh, a 98-79 victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night as the Bulls moved into sole possession of first place in the Conference East.

Luol Deng added 20 points and Keith Bogans scored 17 points, his highest total since joining the Bulls. Bogans had all 10 shots from behind the 3-point arc, reaching a season-high five.

Bulls (48-18) moved a half turn to the Boston Celtics. Chicago has not retained the top spot in the middle is this the end of the season since 1997-98, the season, the Bulls won their sixth NBA championship.
Washington center Javal McGee had a rare triple-double with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 12 blocks, over an NBA player Keon Clark from Toronto had 12, 23 March 2001.

Rookie Jordan Crawford scored 27 points for the Wizards, who have lost five straight and 12 of13.

McGee fell nearly franchise record for blocks in a game. Manute Bol swatted 15 shots for the last-Bullets 26 Februar 1987. It was the most blocks by a player had a game against Chicago in regulation.

Bulls broke a 31-19 lead in the first quarter, with little resistance Wizards, who fell to 10-30 on the road. Chicago outrebounded Washington 17-5 in the first period despite the absence of center Joakim Noah and power forward Carlos Boozer.
Crawford warmed in the second quarter against the Bulls reserves, scoring 15 points in the period 5-for-6 shooting and hit a jumper from the right wing that has Washington 47-46 with 1.1 seconds left in the half .

Kurt Thomas sank a 3-pointer at the buzzer that put the Bulls up 50-46 at halftime. It was Thomas' first three points since April 10, 2005.

Bulls snatched a 25-14 third period, highlighted by Deng 10 points. Bogans' 3-pointers with 2:56 left to put Chicago up 71-55, its biggest advantage at this point.

Bulls have won 10 of their last 11 games and improved to 30-4 at home. Only San Antonio (31-3) did better on their native soil.
Chicago won its third straight game without Kokko, who sprained his left ankle in the victory in Charlotte on March 9. Kokko, who did not dress up game, was seen limping into the locker room before the Bulls game. Timetable for the return trip has not yet been confirmed.

Noah missed the game because of flu-like symptoms. Noah was sent home from the shoot-around team Tuesday morning after declaring he was not feeling well. The disease is not considered serious.

The Wizards troubled coated only nine players, including six recruits. It could be worse than John Wall availability is doubtful before heating. Wall had some pain in the foot that has been trampled upon loss of Washington in Oklahoma City on Monday. Rashard Lewis(knee), Cartier Martin (knee), Josh Howard(knee) Andray Blatch (shoulder) and Nick Young (Flu) were all unavailable.