Friday's late game
Washington Wizards fall in double overtime, 121-119, to Chicago Bulls
Sunday, January 17, 2010
CHICAGO -- Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
The Wizards arrived at United Center on Friday, playing their sixth game since NBA Commissioner David Stern gave Gilbert Arenas an indefinite suspension on Jan. 6. They were reeling, on yet another losing streak, while under a cloud of seemingly constant distraction.
Derrick Rose made sure they left town on the losing end again when he made a baby hook shot with 5.4 seconds left to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 121-119 win in double overtime. Rose finished with 37 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists as the Wizards (12-26) lost their fourth game in a row. They are 1-5 without Arenas this season.
Antawn Jamison continued his stellar play with Arenas sidelined, as he scored a team-high 34 points with 18 rebounds -- his third game with at least 30 points in the past four games. But with an opportunity to tie the score, Arenas's replacement, Randy Foye, shot an air ball as time expired. Foye finished with 22 points and seven assists. The Wizards will return home for a game Saturday against Sacramento.
The Wizards led 85-78 with 9 minutes 56 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter after Earl Boykins made a layup, but the Bulls responded with a 12-1 run. Brendan Haywood (16 points, career-high 20 rebounds) scooped in the ball to tie the score at 90 and the teams traded baskets for the rest of the game, with neither team taking more than a two-point lead.
DeShawn Stevenson gave the Wizards a 102-100 lead with a three-pointer from the right corner, but Joakim Noah tied the score with two free throws. Caron Butler, who scored 27 points, then followed with a long jumper with 33 seconds remaining, angrily staring at the crowd. On the other end, Haywood blocked a shot by Rose, but Rose recovered the ball and knocked down a jumper to tie the score at 104.
With an opportunity to win the game, Foye lost his dribble and Kirk Hinrich recovered with five seconds remaining. Rose then missed a long jumper as time expired.
The Bulls had won their seven of their past 10 games, including an impressive road win in Boston the night before. They jumped on the Wizards early, taking a 9-2 lead when Hinrich buried a three-pointer early in the first period. The Wizards eventually came out of their funk and tied the score at 26 when Caron Butler rebounded his own miss and laid in the ball.