NBA: Washington finally showing a pulse, takes down Bulls by 13

2013-01-27T00:00:00Z NBA: Washington finally showing a pulse, takes down Bulls by 13The Associated Press The Associated Press
January 27, 2013 12:00 am  • 

WASHINGTON - For the first 32 games of the season, the Washington Wizards were a sorry bunch - winning only four times.

The comical comparison was the Washington Generals - the punching bag for the Harlem Globetrotters.

Not so much anymore.

Emeka Okafor had 15 points and 16 rebounds, helping the Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 86-73 on Saturday night for their seventh victory in the last 10 games.

Nene scored 16 points and John Wall had 15 for Washington, which has won consecutive games for the second time this season. The Wizards have won five straight at home for the first time in five years.

"We are the team we thought we were supposed to be," Okafor said.

The run began before Wall returned from a left knee injury, and now the injury-riddled team is healthy again.

"We have back all the players. There is our team," Nene said. "We gonna shut up people's mouths. That's what we're going to do."

Chicago (26-17) had won a season-high three in a row for the third time.

Nate Robinson scored 19 points for the Bulls, and Joakim Noah narrowly missed a triple-double with nine points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists, which equaled his career high.

"I think we got beat by a team that just played harder than us tonight," Noah said.

"We played tired basketball tonight."

• 76ers 97, Knicks 80: In Philadelphia, Jrue Holiday scored a career-high 35 points, Nick Young had 20 and the 76ers cruised.

Evan Turner also added 20 points for the Sixers, who led from the start.

• Cavaliers 99, Raptors 98: In Toronto, Kyrie Irving made a three-pointer with 0.7 seconds left to give Cleveland a victory.

Irving finished with 32 points and Marreese Speights had 17 for the Cavs.

• Bobcats 102, Timberwolves 101: In Charlotte, N.C., Gerald Henderson hit a three-pointer from 25 feet with 4.6 seconds left to lift the Bobcats, who snapped a 16-game home losing skid.

• Rockets 119, Nets 106: In Houston, James Harden scored 29 points, Chandler Parsons added 16 points and a career-high 11 assists and the Rockets beat Brooklyn for their 12th consecutive win over the Nets.

Omer Asik had 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Rockets.

• Bucks 109, Warriors 102: In Milwaukee, Brandon Jennings scored 20 points to lead the Bucks. Milwaukee's Monta Ellis scored 20 points against his former team.

• Nuggets 121, Kings 93: In Denver, Ty Lawson scored 26 points, former UA Wildcat Andre Iguodala had 20 and Denver used a strong first three quarters to win.

• Trail Blazers 101, Clippers 100: In Portland, Ore., J.J. Hickson made a pair of free throws with 45 seconds left to put the Blazers up for good. Nicolas Batum and Damian Lillard each scored 20 points for Portland.

• Jazz 114, Pacers 110, OT: In Salt Lake City, Al Jefferson scored 25 points and Paul Milsap added 21 as Utah won in overtime.

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