Maybe it was traveling on the second night of a back-to-back that was the reason for the sluggish Bulls performance on Saturday night, nonetheless the Bulls (26-17) lost to the Washington Wizards (11-31) by a final score of 86-73.
How bad was it? None of the Bulls’ starters reached double digits as only Richard Hamilton, Jimmy Butler and Joakim Noah scored nine points, which was the high water mark amongst the starting five. Off the bench, Nate Robinson scored a game-high for Chicago with 19 points.
The Bulls started the second half only down by six points but the miserable shooting continued as the Bulls only scored 11 points in the quarter.
Three field goals were made by Chicago in the third quarter. Only three!
By the end of the third the Wizards expanded their lead to 18. The Wizards were led by starting center Nenê with 16 points, Emeka Okafor with 15 points and John Wall who also scored 15 points for Washington.
Jimmy Butler started his fifth straight game, replacing All-Star forward Luol Deng, who is still suffering from a hamstring injury. Butler has done a good job in the starting line-up in Deng’s absence, but the second-year player struggled getting heavily involved against the Wizards by only putting up seven shots. Butler did however gain more experience on the court as he tallied a game-high for the Bulls, 45 minutes on the court.
The Bulls end the month of January by coming back home on Monday to play against the Charlotte Bobcats at 7 p.m. then go back on the road to face the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday also at 7 p.m. in the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
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