CHICAGO (AP) - The Washington Wizards are winning more on the road than they are at home. They can’t quite pinpoint why.
“We just play more freely,” Marcin Gortat said. “We can focus in the hotel. In the locker room, we’re just sitting in one little room and trying to get ready for the game. I don’t know, at home there’s just too many rooms, too many places where you can go. Too many places where you can dance and sing.”
Nene scored eight points in the final period after getting the start, and Bradley Beal came on strong down the stretch to finish with 13. He hit a jumper and 3-pointer during a nine-point run that bumped Washington’s lead to 96-82 with about 3 minutes left.
Wall hit two jumpers during that spurt and had seven assists in the game.
They’re 10-10 on the road and 7-9 at home, where they’ll play Miami on Wednesday.
“It’s kind of hurting us that we don’t play as a team at home,” Wall said. “We don’t come out with a sense of urgency and we get down early.”
But in this game it was exactly the opposite.
“Everybody probably thought they were tanking and they were going to try to redo their team,” Wall said. “They’re still one of the best defensive teams in the league.”
Carlos Boozer scored 19 for Chicago and Joakim Noah grabbed 16 rebounds. But with a chance to reach .500 for the first time since November, the Bulls committed 18 turnovers. They also lost for the first time since trading Luol Deng to Cleveland last week, after winning three without him.
“Games like this humble you,” Taj Gibson said. “Right when you’re feeling too good about yourself, you’re feeling invincible, a team comes in there and smacks you, wakes you up to reality.”
Washington had no trouble getting inside in the early going and shot 59 percent while building a 56-43 halftime lead.