Briefing: Two overtimes wasn't enough to distract the Wizards

Bulls 121, Wizards 119 - Michael Lee, Wizards Insider

The Wizards have now lost 11 games by five points or less this season -- and five by two points or less. These losses have been deflating, but you have to commend Antawn Jamison for the incredible run that he has been on of late. He had 34 points with 18 rebounds, and in the games since Arenas was suspended, he is averaging 29.3 points and 9.7 rebounds with four double-doubles. Jamison, though, was only able to get four points in the the two overtime periods, with Luol Deng smothering him.

Washington Wizards fall in double overtime, 121-119, to Chicago Bulls - Michael Lee, Wizards Insider

Brendan Haywood had 16 points and career-high 20 rebounds, but for the third time this season, he was on the wrong side of video replay review. Having already been called for fouls with less than one second remaining following reviews in losses to Indiana and Memphis, Haywood had to accept another call in the first overtime. With the Wizards leading 112-110, DeShawn Stevenson knocked the ball away from Rose with 25.5 seconds remaining. The official awarded the ball to the Wizards. Haywood knew the ball had bounced off his knee, but was hoping for some good fortune. "I don't need to be in any replays anymore," Haywood said. "When we went to replay, I knew it was their ball. I knew the ball went off my leg. When they stopped the play I thought, 'Hmmm. We're not going to get this.' "

Wizards Edged By Bulls in Double OT - Dave Johnson, CSN Washington

Going forward the Wizards could still use more consistent production from their bench. Earl Boykins did provide a spark points with 8 points, but Young and Andray Blatche combined for only 6 points. Still it was a positive effort from a team that spent most of the week distracted and drained by the Arenas gun case.  

Rose leads Bulls over Wizards 121-119 in double OT - Rick Gano, Associated Press

Both Butler and Jamison logged over 55 minutes. But Jamison said Arenas’ problems had no bearing on the team’s efforts Friday night. "It doesn’t matter what’s going on off the court. It just matters what’s going on on the court," Jamison said.

Bulls guard finally stabs in winner in 2nd overtime - Steve Tucker, Chicago Sun Times

Coach Vinny Del Negro said the Bulls ''always are looking for Derrick to attack.'' ''It opens a lot more things up than when we walk it up the court,'' Del Negro said. ''We are going to need all of these guys. ''We went shorter a lot of the time because I wanted to have Luol matched up with [Antawn] Jamison as much as I could. Washington is one of those teams that if those guys get the ball in the right spots, they are tough to stop.''

Derrick Rose's 37 points lead Chicago Bulls to 121-119 victory in 2 OTs - K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune

Rose's shot put the exclamation point on his career-high 37-point night that also featured nine rebounds and six assists. Just as important for a player who once hit a game-winning shot to lead Simeon to a state championship, it lifted a burden that Rose admitted weighed on him. "I missed a bunch (of game-winning shots) last year," Rose said. "For me to hit this one is telling me I came a long way.

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