Friday , Jan , 27 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Gordon leads Bulls past Wizards

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Ben Gordon poured in a game-high 26 points and
pulled down six rebounds to lead the Chicago Bulls past the Washington
Wizards, 90-79, at the United Center.

Tyson Chandler collected 20 rebounds, including 11 at the offensive end, and
added 12 points in the win. Luol Deng chipped in 15 points for the Bulls, who
have won three straight and four of their last five overall.

Gilbert Arenas dropped in 23 points while Antawn Jamison netted 21 points and
hauled down 10 boards for Washington, which has lost two of its last three
contests.

The Wizards trailed by 10 entering the final stanza but rallied to pull within
two, 71-69, on a Jamison hook shot with 5:37 remaining in the game.

Deng and Gordon responded with back-to-back lay-ins, however, to push the
Bulls’ lead back up to six.

Chicago continued to build a cushion down the stretch and went ahead by nine,
80-71, with under three minutes to play as Darius Songaila took a bounce pass
from Gordon and sank a one-handed teardrop in the lane.

The Wizards fought back again and Jamison’s jumper with two minutes left on
the clock cut the deficit to four, but Gordon quickly answered with a trey on
the other end to help seal the win. It was the Bulls’ first three-pointer
since the opening quarter.

Chicago sprinted out of the gate to assume a 28-16 advantage after the first
12 minutes of play.

Washington, though, fought back to pull within 47-42 at intermission.

Game Notes

Caron Butler had 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Wizards, while teammate
Brendan Haywood added 12 points and 13 boards…The Wizards never led in this
game…Washington, which will start a brief two-game homestand against
Charlotte on Saturday, is 8-13 on the road this season…Washington has
lost three straight and four of five in the Windy City.

CHI WAS