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

Wizards spellbind Bulls

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Gilbert Arenas poured in 29 points and
dished out seven assists as Washington held off Chicago, 113-104, at the
Verizon Center.

“Every win counts,” said Arenas. “This game was as important as the next game
and the next game all the way for the rest of the season. Every game and every
win is very important to us right now.”

Caron Butler added 25 points and four steals for the Wizards, who have
won four of their past five games. Antawn Jamison chipped in with 23 points
and seven boards while Antonio Daniels had a season-high 21 points in the win.

“We did a good job of staying poised,” said Jamison. “We are doing the things
that we need to do in order to win.”

Ben Gordon paced the Bulls, who lost their third straight and for the fifth
time in seven games, with 20 points. Luol Deng recorded 18 points and pulled
down eight rebounds while Andres Nocioni also had 18 points in the loss.

“I thought we did a good job in the second half of coming back and not letting
down,” said Gordon. “We fought back but we didn’t have enough time.”

After trailing by as many as 27 points and being thoroughly dominated through
the first three quarters, the Bulls finally responded and made a run in the
early stages of the final frame.

Chris Duhon’s driving lay-in brought Chicago to within seven points, 93-86,
with 8:05 remaining.

The Wizards responded with an 11-4 run over the next four minutes to regain
control of the game. Arenas capped the burst with a jumper to make the score
104-90 with 4:35 left on the clock.

The Bulls had one last gasp in them, however. Nocioni’s lay-in, with 1:11
remaining, made the score 108-101 but the Wizards had enough to hang on.

Arenas made a running jumper with 48 ticks left and Butler netter a pair from
the line 14 seconds later to seal things for Washington.

“We played well for a full 48 minutes today,” said Wizards coach Eddie Jordan.
“We did a lot of good things out there, particularly with our defense.”

The Wizards ran out to a 29-19 advantage after the first 12 minutes.
Washington doubled that lead by intermission, 60-40.

The Bulls settled down a bit in the third quarter but still found themselves
looking up at a 89-72 deficit entering the fourth quarter.

Game Notes

Kirk Hinrich added 17 points for the Bulls while Duhon finished with 11…Etan
Thomas also reached double figures for the Wizards with 10 points…The
Wizards are 24-12 at home this season…The Bulls are 1-4 in their last
five road games and 14-20 away from the United Center this season…Washington
has won 10 of the last 12 matchups with the Bulls in DC.