- Associated Press - Saturday, December 29, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) — Marco Belinelli came off the bench to score 17 points and lead the Chicago Bulls to an 87-77 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.

Carlos Boozer added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulls (16-12), who snapped a two-game losing streak. Belinelli made 7 of 16 shots in a reserve role as Richard Hamilton returned to the starting lineup. Hamilton had missed 12 games because of a torn plantar fascia in his left foot.

Chicago’s Luol Deng scored 11 points after injuring his right ankle Tuesday in a loss to Houston.

Bradley Beal led the NBA-worst Wizards (4-24) with 14 points. Emeka Okafor added 11 points and 18 rebounds for Washington, which has lost nine of 10.


Wizards leading scorer Jordan Crawford, averaging 16 points per game, sat out because of a left ankle injury.

Chicago Bulls Marco Belinelli, left, of Italy, celebrates with Nate Robinson after scoring a three-point shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Chicago on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. The Bulls won 87-77. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago Bulls Marco Belinelli, left, of Italy, celebrates with Nate Robinson after ... more >