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 Wizards guard DeShawn Stevenson (right) crashes into Chicago's Ben Gordon during the first half last night. Stevenson scored 13 points.
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Date published: 1/11/2007

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But that was about as good as it would get for Chicago (20-16). The Wizards closed the period with a 25-7 run that was capped in the most improbable way.

With two seconds left, Arenas took an inbounds pass near edge of the Bulls' free-throw line. The point guard said he heard Bulls coach Scott Skiles yell for Hinrich (33 points) to foul Arenas, since Chicago was not yet in a penalty situation.

So after taking one dribble, Arenas attempted a shot from about 75 feet as Hinrich cuffed his right forearm over Arenas' wrists. Skiles received a technical foul when he argued the call, and Arenas made all four of the ensuing free throws--three for the foul, and one for the technical.

The Wizards led 46-43 at halftime, and Stevenson stretched the lead to 11 when he scored eight points over the period's first 3:50.

"They came out fast and Stevenson got it going," Skiles said. "We were on them, but they've got several guys that can flat jump over us and shoot."

Chicago pulled within 84-82 with 7:30 left in the game, but Daniels keyed a 12-0 run with a 3-pointer and a strong drive to the basket that resulted in a layup. The Wizards maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way.

Butler continued his push for all-star consideration, finishing with 26 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. The Wizards also welcomed back center Etan Thomas, who had missed the previous 13 games because of a sprained ankle. Thomas had five points and two rebounds in 15 minutes.

"He had a good showing for the first time out," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said of Thomas.

WIZARDS 113, BULLS 103

CHICAGO (103)

Nocioni 6-11 7-7 20, Deng 4-12 5-5 13, Wallace 2-6 0-0 4, Hinrich 11-21 5-5 33, Duhon 1-6 0-0 3, Gordon 7-16 6-6 25, T.Thomas 0-1 0-0 0, Sefolosha 0-0 0-0 0, Sweetney 1-2 3-4 5, Griffin 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 32-76 26-27 103.

WASHINGTON (113)

Butler 6-17 14-17 26, Jamison 7-15 0-0 18, Haywood 2-5 0-0 4, Stevenson 6-11 1-2 13, Arenas 5-16 8-8 20, E.Thomas 2-3 1-1 5, Daniels 5-7 4-5 15, Hayes 4-8 0-0 10, Blatche 1-3 0-0 2, Mason 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 38-86 28-33 113.

Chicago

18

25

28

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103

Washington

27

19

30

37--

113

3-Point Goals--Chicago 13-27 (Hinrich 6-12, Gordon 5-6, Nocioni 1-3, Duhon 1-5, Griffin 0-1), Washington 9-18 (Jamison 4-8, Hayes 2-2, Arenas 2-3, Daniels 1-2, Stevenson 0-1, Butler 0-2). Fouled Out--None. Rebounds--Chicago 48 (Wallace 16), Washington 50 (Butler 10). Assists--Chicago 24 (Hinrich 9), Washington 20 (Butler 7). Total Fouls--Chicago 23, Washington 25. Technicals--Chicago coach Skiles, Wallace. Flagrant fouls--Nocioni. A--20,173. (20,173).

To reach ADAM HIMMELSBACH: 540/374-5442
Email: ahimmelsbach@freelancestar.com


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