Saturday , Dec , 02 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Wizards, Bulls meet at United Center

(Sports Network) – The surging Chicago Bulls will try to extend their winning
streak tonight when they open an eight-game homestand against the Washington
Wizards at the United Center.

Chicago, which is 3-1 as the host this season, has won three in a row and
recorded a 111-108 victory over the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets on
Friday at the Ford Center.

Andres Nocioni scored a season-high 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead
the Bulls and shot 12-of-23 from the field. Luol Deng scored 21 points with
six boards and four assists, while Kirk Hinrich and Ben Gordon each added 17
points for the Bulls, who look sharp since dropping six straight.

The Bulls will also welcome Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto, Minnesota, Indiana,
Seattle and Milwaukee to the United Center on the homestand.

Washington, meanwhile, has won two straight since a four-game slide and
defeated the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday by a 121-109 score.

Gilbert Arenas poured in a game-high 33 points and dished out 10 assists to
lead Washington at the Verizon Center. Arenas finished 11-of-20 shooting and
converted on 9-of-12 free throws, while Caron Butler scored 24 points with
seven rebounds and six helpers.

Antawn Jamison scored 22 points and pulled down eight boards for the Wizards
and DeShawn Stevenson added 11 points and Etan Thomas finished with 10.

The Wizards have lost all seven of their road games this season.

Chicago went 3-1 against Washington last season and has won four of the last
six meetings.

Washington has lost four straight, five of six and 10 of its last 15 games at
the United Center.