Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 12/4

Game 1: Saturday, December 4th
Game 2: Friday, February 25th
Game 3: Wednesday, April 13th

Wizards 90

(31-23, 10-16 away)

Bulls 97

(28-24, 18-10 home)

    Coverage: CSNC

    7:30 PM ET, February 25, 2005

    United Center, Chicago, IL

    1 2 3 4 T
    WSH 24 17 27 2290
    CHI 22 28 26 2197

    Top Performers

    WSH: G. Arenas 36 Pts, 5 Reb, 7 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 Blk

    Chi: K. Hinrich 26 Pts, 5 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Washington drops sixth straight on the road

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Kirk Hinrich and most of his young teammates have never been in an NBA playoff race. They're about to find out what it's like.

    Hinrich scored 26 points and rookie Ben Gordon added 20 to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 97-90 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.

    Othella Harrington added 12 points and rookie Chris Duhon had 11 points and eight assists for the Bulls, who moved four games over .500 -- tying their season-high -- and clinched their third straight winning month.

    "We just want to keep it going. A lot of us hasn't been in (this) position so far in our careers. How we handle it is going to depend on how well we do," Hinrich said. "Hopefully we can stay levelheaded and keep getting better."

    Gilbert Arenas had 36 points for Washington, giving the All-Star 30 or more points for the 12th time in 17 games.

    The Wizards led 60-57 midway through the third quarter, but Hinrich made a 3-pointer to spark a 9-0 run. Gordon set up Antonio Davis for an easy dunk, and the next time down Gordon hit a jumper for a 66-60 lead. Chicago never trailed again.

    After starting the season 0-9, Duhon isn't surprised how competitive the Bulls are despite starting two rookies; himself and Luol Deng, with rookies Gordon and Andres Nocioni getting significant time off the bench.

    "A lot of us have come from winning programs, we have played in big-time games, we played in sold-out arenas. All we had to do was get adjusted to the NBA league," Duhon said.

    Hinrich hit a jumper to make it 85-70 with 7:13 left, but the Wizards made a game out of it and pulled to 90-88 on Antawn Jamison's 3-pointer with 1:00 left.

    Washington's Michael Ruffin was fouled and went 1-of-2 at the free throw, cutting the Chicago lead to 92-89, but Hinrich found Antonio Davis to make it 94-89 with 25.5 seconds left.

    With Larry Hughes out and Juan Dixon on the injured reserve, the Wizards struggled to get any production from their bench, which was outscored 42-8.

    "We were outmanned when we were making those stretches. Players were getting tired and we didn't have anyone to sub in and get those fresh legs out there," Arenas said.

    Trailing 55-46 early in the third quarter, the Wizards outscored the Bulls 14-2 in a three minute span. Jared Jeffries had a three-point play, Jamison made a 3 and Brendan Haywood had a basket to give the Wizards a 60-57 lead midway through the quarter. Arenas had nine points in the span.

    The Bulls opened the second quarter by outscoring the Wizards 20-5. Gordon scored 10 points in the span. He started it with a 3, then converted a four-point play when he was fouled by Ruffin on his 3-point field goal. Harrington capped it off with a jumper, giving Chicago a 42-29 lead with 5:41 left in the second quarter.

    Gordon scored 12 points in the half for the Bulls and Hinrich added 10. Arenas scored 20 points for Washington in the first half on 10-of-17 shooting, while Jamison shot 3-of-13 and scored seven points.

    Jamison finished with his 22nd double-double of the season. He had 19 points and 10 rebounds. Haywood added 13 points for Washington.

    The 2001 draft class of Eddy Curry, Tyson Chandler and Kwame Brown didn't fare well Friday night.

    Curry scored just five points in 23 minutes and Chandler had five points and nine rebounds for Chicago. Brown played just eight minutes and didn't score for the Wizards.

    "It didn't seem like Eddy had a lot of life so (I) went another route," said Bulls coach Scott Skiles.

    Game notes

    Hughes has missed 18 games with a broken right thumb suffered on Jan. 15 against Phoenix. He was activated from the injury list Wednesday, but also didn't play in Washington's 93-83 victory over Memphis that evening. Wizards head coach Eddie Jordan expects Hughes to play Sunday against Sacramento. "I think that's the target date," said Jordan. ... Arenas has scored 20 or more points in one half 10 times this season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 90 97
    FGM-FGA 36-92 (.391) 35-86 (.407)
    3PM-3PA 3-19 (.158) 11-25 (.440)
    FTM-FTA 15-22 (.682) 16-21 (.762)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 21-50 15-46
    Assists 15 24
    Turnovers 18 20
    Steals 10 8
    Blocks 6 10
    Fast Break Points 15 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (1/0) 24 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 7 15

    Top Performers

    Gilbert Arenas Arenas
    Points: 36
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 2
    Kirk Hinrich Hinrich
    Points: 26
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1