Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 12/6

Game 1: Saturday, December 6th
Game 2: Friday, January 9th
Game 3: Friday, February 27th
Game 4: Monday, March 23rd

Wizards 110

(3-15, 1-7 away)

Bulls 117

(9-11, 6-3 home)

    Coverage: NBATV

    8:30 PM ET, December 6, 2008

    United Center, Chicago, IL

    1 2 3 4 T
    WSH 25 27 22 36110
    CHI 24 33 31 29117

    Top Performers

    WSH: C. Butler 27 Pts, 8 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    Chi: L. Hughes 24 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

    Six Bulls score in double figures to beat struggling Wizards

    Associated Press

    CHICAGO -- After missing three games with a hamstring injury and struggling with his shot, Luol Deng made it clear that he's back up to speed.

    Deng scored a season-high 26 points, and Ben Gordon added 21 to help the Chicago Bulls beat the Washington Wizards 117-110 on Saturday night.

    "I always have my confidence," Deng said. "Just some games I was struggling out there. What I got to do is be more aggressive more often even when the shot is not falling try to stay with it. I was slowed down with the injury a little bit, but now I'm feeling better."

    Deng, who signed a six-year contract extension in the offseason, was shooting just 41 percent from the field coming into the game, but finished the game 11-for-19.

    "He was aggressive and he was cutting to the basket well and our guys found him. This is progression for Luol. In some of his slow games it was not just him," Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro said.

    Former Washington player Larry Hughes added 24 points, and Derrick Rose had 15 points and eight assists for Chicago.

    Caron Butler finished with 27 points, six assists and eight rebounds for Washington, and Antawn Jamison added 23 points and 12 rebounds.

    The Wizards dropped to 3-15 for the first time since the 1966-67 season, when they were known as the Baltimore Bullets.

    "It's tough. I've never been in this situation like this before," Butler said. "We're giving a lot of effort and we're giving a lot of energy but we're still falling short."

    With Chicago leading 69-68 midway through the third quarter, Andres Nocioni hit a 3 to start a 10-0 run and Gordon hit another 3 to give the Bulls a 79-68 lead.

    The Bulls closed the third quarter by outscoring the Wizards 19-6, a run highlighted by Gordon's block on Antonio Daniels' layup attempt. Nocioni made another 3 with 22.4 seconds left in the quarter to give Chicago a 88-72 lead.

    One night after losing to the Lakers 106-104, the Wizards failed to defend against the Bulls. Chicago shot 52.4 percent and scored 24 points off the Wizards' 16 turnovers.

    "One of the things you can't succumb to frustration. We have to keep a positive attitude," Wizards interim head coach Ed Tapscott said.

    Game notes

    Wizards G Dee Brown, who helped lead Illinois to the 2005 NCAA national championship game, played just hours after Illinois beat Georgia 76-42 at the United Center. Brown did not attend the game. ... Two former high first-round picks for the Bulls got little action. Joakim Noah did not play, and Tyrus Thomas only played 6 minutes and failed to score. ... Daniels injured his lower back, but the injury doesn't appear serious.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 110 117
    FGM-FGA 45-83 (.542) 43-82 (.524)
    3PM-3PA 10-25 (.400) 11-20 (.550)
    FTM-FTA 10-13 (.769) 20-30 (.667)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-38 8-33
    Assists 29 31
    Turnovers 16 9
    Steals 3 9
    Blocks 6 2
    Fast Break Points 2 17
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 15 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 5 17

    Top Performers

    Caron Butler Butler
    Points: 27
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Larry Hughes Hughes
    Points: 24
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0