On the strength of an impressive third quarter, the Washington Wizards topped the Chicago Bulls 86-73 on Saturday night.
Washington actually played some stellar defense in this game, namely in the third quarter when they outscored Chicago, 23-11.
The Bulls shot just under 41 percent for the game and a dreadful 26 percent from long distance. Nate Robinson was the only Bull to score in double figures, and he did so with 19 points off the bench.
The Wizards had three starters in double figures as Nene led the way for Washington with 16 points. Emeka Okafor posted a solid all-around performance, with 15 points and 16 rebounds.
The team's star, John Wall, also contributed 15 points, seven assists and three rebounds.
Both of the big men combined for great defense that held the Bulls to just 26 points in the paint. Chicago also coughed the ball up 16 times in this game, helping to give Washington several extra possessions.
The Wizards didn't look all that great on the offensive end, shooting 30 percent from long range and 43 percent from the field overall.
If there was ever a game in which the Bulls missed their star, Derrick Rose, this was the game. With the inability to get anything going offensively, Chicago could've used its best player to generate some offense in its loss to Washington.
Player of the Game: Emeka Okafor
Okafor was all over the place in this game and played great defense on the interior to stifle anything the Bulls tried to do in the paint. Thanks to Okafor, the Bulls only scored 26 points on the inside in this game.
The Washington big man dropped in 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting and completed a double-double with 16 rebounds, while notching two steals as well.
What's Next for Washington
The Wizards have a golden opportunity to match their longest winning streak of the year as they welcome the Sacramento Kings into town with a third consecutive victory in the balance.
What's Next for Chicago
After an extremely disappointing loss to one of the worst teams in the NBA, the Bulls are seemingly getting a break as they play host to the lowly Charlotte Bobcats. Although after this game, I guess nothing is certain for Chicago against some of the lesser teams in the NBA.