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Wizards Vs. Bulls: JaVale McGee's Triple Double Not Enough As Washington Loses, 98-79

JaVale McGee had a triple double with 12 blocks, but the shorthanded Wizards fell to the Bulls, 98-79.

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Wizards Vs. Bulls: JaVale McGee Gets Triple-Double, But Washington Loses, 98-79

The Washington Wizards hung around against the Chicago Bulls, but eventually fell 98-79. The real intrigue, though, is that JaVale McGee submitted one of the most unique stat lines one will ever see. McGee finished with a triple double, posting 11 points, 12 rebounds and a remarkable 12 blocked shots.

In fact, McGee already had the rebounds and blocks, with just the points to come in the final minutes. He scored and drew a foul, but missed a free throw to leave him with nine points. That meant the Wizards kept running plays for him, which went predictably. Finally, he set a screen for John Wall, and Wall found him when he was trapped under the basket for the slam dunk and the triple double. Naturally, McGee was called for a technical foul for hanging on the rim. 

Derrick Rose led the Bulls with 23 points, and Luol Deng added 20. Jordan Crawford had a game-high 27 points, though only six came after halftime. 


Wizards Vs. Bulls: Jordan Crawford Has 21 As Washington Trails Only 50-46 At Halftime

Given the way the Washington Wizards and Chicago Bulls were playing coming into Tuesday night's game, a Bulls blowout would have been a safe prediction. Early on, that appeared to be how things would go down, with the Bulls taking a 12-point first-quarter lead. But that was before Jordan Crawford got hot.

Crawford exploded for 21 first-half points, and the Wizards rallied in the second quarter to cut the Bulls' lead to 50-46 at halftime. The Wizards cut the lead to one as the half closed, but Kurt Thomas hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to provide the four-point margin.

Crawford has hit eight of his 13 field goals, and also added three assists. He's getting help from JaVale McGee, who responded to Flip Saunders' harsh comments yesterday with an inspired effort. McGee has seven blocked shots already and is making life tough on the Bulls' big men.

Derrick Rose has 14 points to lead the Bulls, while Ronnie Brewer added nine off the bench.


Wizards Vs. Bulls: John Wall, Derrick Rose Plays John Wall For Final Time This Season

John Wall and the Washington Wizards visit Derrick Rose and the red-hot Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night for the final time this season at the United Center in Chicago. The game begins at 8 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet.

The Wizards are coming off a 116-89 blowout loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Verizon Center on Monday night, their fourth blowout loss in the last seven games. The Bulls, meanwhile, have won six in a row and nine of their last 10, with the only loss coming by three points on the road to the Atlanta Hawks. They've risen all the way to first place in the Eastern Conference after Boston's loss to New Jersey on Monday night. Nobody could have possibly expected that at the beginning of the season, but Rose is playing really well and Tom Thibodeau has been an elite coach.

Andray Blatche, Rashard Lewis and Cartier Martin all remain sidelined for the Wizards, and Nick Young will also not play. The Bulls, meanwhile, are without Carlos Boozer, and could be without Joakim Noah, who has the flu.

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