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January 26, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards shooting guard Jordan Crawford (15) shoots the ball against the Chicago Bulls in the second quarter at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Wizards Drop Chicago Bulls, 86 to 73

The Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 86 to 73, further improving the record of the now healthy team.  The Wizards are 6 and 3 with John Wall back in the lineup, including wins over likely playoff teams like the Nuggets, the Hawks, and now the Bulls.

The Wizards won this game for two reasons. First, Nene, Okafor, Seraphin, and Booker were a combined 15-31 against the usual stout Chicago inside defense. Second, and most importantly, the Wizards held the Bulls to 40.8% shooting from the field and only 26.7% from three. Combine that with some extra Chicago turnovers and the Wizards holding even in the rebounding battle, you get a quality double digit victory over a solidified playoff contender.

As for individual performances, I would say Okafor played the best. He was hyper efficient, scoring 15 points on 8 shots and pulled down 16 rebounds. He was really important in the Wizards gaining some amount of traction inside as well as almost matching Joakim Noah rebound for rebound. Other notable performances include Nene, who helped out down low and John Wall, who picked apart the Chicago defense with his transition scoring and precision passing.

It was another great game against a playoff team. With a series against MEM/SAS/LAC/NYK/BKN right around the corner, the Wizards will need all the confidence they can get that they can beat playoff teams.

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