What took all season to earn, Took just one poor fourth quarter to give away as the Chicago Bulls got outscored by the Washington Wizards 30-18 on their way to a 102-93 defeat on Sunday. The loss cost the Bulls home-court advantage in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Nene led the way for the Wizards with 24 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the floor to go along with eight rebounds, three assists and two steals before fouling out. Trevor Ariza added 18 points and seven rebounds while Marcin Gortat added 15 points and 13 rebounds in the road win. The Wizards managed to win even though their starting back court of Bradley Beal and John Wall shot a combined 7-of-25 from the field.
Kirk Hinrich and D.J. Augustin led seven Bulls in double figures with 16 points a piece, but shot just 10-of-31 from the floor while handing out only five assists. Jimmy Butler registered 15 points and seven rebounds while Joakim Noah added 10 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Taj Gibson and Carlos Boozer also put up solid numbers. Gibson tallied 12 points, six rebounds and three blocks while Boozer finished with 11 points and nine boards.
Jimmer did not play even on a night where D.J. Augustin shot just 3-of-15. Chances are that will be the case throughout the series unless something drastic changes since Bulls’ coach Tom Thibodeau has been proven to be very locked in on his rotations. After all, we clearly saw that tonight.
The Bulls and Wizards are back on the Tuesday night in Chicago for game two in the best-of-seven series.