In a premier point guard matchup between the Washington Wizards’ John Wall and the Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose, Rose scored 25 as the Bulls defeated the Wizards, 99-91, Tuesday night at the Verizon Center in Washington. Wall led four starters that scored in double-digits with 18, while Pau Gasol contributed 18 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks to the Bulls’ winning effort.
Washington is now 19-8 overall, including a 13-4 record at Verizon Center this season.
“You know it just didn’t feel like we got in any kind of rhythm offensively all game,” coach Randy Wittman said. “The comfort level of getting in a rhythm. At the start the game especially, we got off, missed a lot of good shots, missed some layups and again I thought in the first half the 50-50 balls killed us again.”
The Wizards last held the lead at 20-18 just before the end of the first quarter, but it was almost all Chicago after that. When Rose stretched the Bulls’ lead out to 86-75 with 6:22 left in the game, it ignited a 12-0 Wizards run — keyed by 10 points by Wall. It was the Wizards’ last lead at 87-86 with 3:44 left in the game before the Bulls put them away for good with an 8-0 run.
“I just don’t think we could get over the hump as a team,” center Marcin Gortat said. “I had a lot of shots but most of them were tip-ins and put-backs. I’ve been missing a lot of shots on the outside. It just was not a good game overall for everybody. We were pretty close, we had decent defense but we just could not get over the hump.”
Gortat had his 10th double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
The win was the Bulls’ fourth straight. The win also made Rose 5-0 head-to-head against Wall. This is the first time this season the Wizards have lost two straight at home.