Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 1)

Series starts 10/25

Game 1: Monday, October 25th

Wizards 95

(3-4, 2-4 away)

Bulls 100

(3-4, 3-1 home)

Coverage: CSNC

7:30 PM ET, October 25, 2004

United Center, Chicago, IL

1 2 3 4 T
WSH 25 29 28 1395
CHI 24 17 33 26100

Davis lands punch to Haywood's face

CHICAGO (AP) -- Kirk Hinrich scored 32 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 100-95 victory over the Washington Wizards in an exhibition game delayed by a fight Monday night.

The fight caused the game to be stopped for several minutes with 3:22 left in the third quarter. Washington's Larry Hughes pushed Hinrich into Chicago's Luol Deng as he was going in for a layup.

Hughes and Hinrich confronted each other after the play and Chicago's Antonio Davis came in to defend Hinrich. Then Washington's Brendan Haywood took a swing at Davis, who countered with a right jab to Haywood's face.

They wrestled to the floor before order was restored. There were no injuries.

"I was running and he started to cut me off and I moved him," Hughes said of Hinrich. "He's running full speed and I'm running full speed and made contact."

Davis and Michael Ruffin of the Wizards were ejected.

"It is one of those things that cooler heads should have prevailed, but they didn't," Haywood said.

Haywood wasn't ejected despite swinging at Davis.

"I wasn't surprised because I was protecting myself," Haywood said. "I was trying to protect my teammates and then I was trying to protect myself.

"He was the one that initiated it. Somebody pushed me when my back was turned. I thought it was him, Antonio Davis."

Davis said he was only trying to protect his teammates.

"We shouldn't take any baloney," he said. "We should stick up for one another."

Tommy Smith hit a jumper to give the Bulls a 96-95 lead with 37.4 seconds remaining. Jarvis Hayes missed a jumper for Washington on the other end and Hinrich followed with two free throws to put the Bulls up 98-95 with 19.2 seconds left. Hayes missed a 3 to tie the game with 12 seconds left.

Hayes scored 15 points for Washington, and Haywood had 14 points and nine rebounds.

Andres Nocioni added 11 points and nine rebounds for Chicago.

The Wizards closed the first half by outscoring the Bulls 18-6 and led 54-41. Samaki Walker scored 11 points in the half and Gilbert Arenas added 10 and four assists for the Wizards. Chicago had 13 turnovers in the half.

Arenas finished with 12 points, seven assists and seven steals for Washington.

Smith and Davis had 10 points apiece for Chicago.

The Wizards extended their lead to 70-49 on Hayes' dunk with 6:55 left in the third quarter. The Bulls closed out the quarter by outscoring the Wizards 11-2.

Nocioni cut the lead to 82-74 with a jumper to end the quarter. Nocioni then hit a 3 to tie the game at 89 with 3:41 left.

Hinrich gave the Bulls a 94-92 lead with 2:17 to go.

Antawn Jamison rested his bruised right knee and did not play for the Wizards. Tyson Chandler missed the game for the Bulls due to illness.

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