Sunday , Mar , 19 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Wizards welcome Bulls to DC

(Sports Network) – The Washington Wizards will resume a four-game homestand
this afternoon when they host the Chicago Bulls at the Verizon Center.

Washington defeated the Charlotte Bobcats in the opener of the homestand, but
suffered a 104-94 loss to mighty Dallas on Friday night.

Gilbert Arenas had 26 points to lead Washington, which had a three-game win
streak halted. Antawn Jamison added 21 points and nine boards, while Caron
Butler had 18 points for the Wizards, who have dropped five in a row against
the Mavericks.

The Wizards, who are seeded sixth in the Eastern Conference playoff race, will
close out their four-game stand on Tuesday versus New Jersey. Washington is
23-12 as the host this season.

Chicago, meanwhile, has lost two in a row and four of its last six games,
including Saturday’s 85-84 loss to the Miami Heat at the United Center.

Dwyane Wade led five Heat players in double figures with 15 points in the
close win for Miami.

Luol Deng paced the Bulls with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Kirk Hinrich
contributed 15 points and seven assists for Chicago.

The Bulls are 1-3 in their last four road games and 14-19 away from the United
Center this season.

Chicago is currently in ninth place in the East — just 2 1/2 games behind the
Philadelphia 76ers for the eighth and final playoff spot.

Chicago leads the season series with Washington, 2-0, after notching wins on
December 10 and January 27. It has won three of the last four meetings and
will play the Wizards again on April 14.

Washington has won nine of the last 11 matchups with the Bulls in DC.