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Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose scored a season-high 32 points, but it still wasn’t enough for the team to avoid defeat against the Washington Wizards.
Paul Pierce had 22 points while John Wall scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter as the Wizards defeated Chicago for the second time in 10 days.
Bradley Beal added 17 points and he insisted after the game that it is important for them to be able to compete against their direct rivals as they continue to emerge as an elite team.
Rose scored 17 in the first quarter alone and hit a season-high six 3-pointers, but the Bulls were shaky on defense again while Joakim Noah sat out the second half with a sprained ankle. Rose insisted that the team is going through “a little bit of adversity right now” as they now slip to 26-14 for the season while the Wiz improve to 27-12.
Both the Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors won on Wednesday night with the Hawks getting 22 points and six assists from Jeff Teague in their win over the Boston Celtics.
Meanwhile, the Raptors welcomed DeMar DeRozan back from injury after he missed the previous 21 games, and he scored 20 points while Kyle Lowry added 18 points and 12 assists in a victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Golden State Warriors overcame a Dwyane Wade-less Miami Heat in comfortable fashion with Stephen Curry scoring 32 points and grabbing five boards, while the San Antonio Spurs were led by Manu Ginobili’s 27 points in a win over the Charlotte Hornets.
In an all-Western Conference clash the Los Angeles Clippers overcame the Portland Trail Blazers behind 25 points from Jamal Crawford as well as a double-double from DeAndre Jordan with 17 points and 18 rebounds.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 37 points and 12 rebounds on the night, but it wasn’t enough for the hosts to avoid falling to defeat against their rivals in the West.
San Antonio Spurs 98-93 Charlotte Hornets
Houston Rockets 113-120 Orlando Magic
Memphis Grizzlies 103-92 Brooklyn Nets
New Orleans Pelicans 105-94 Detroit Pistons
Philadelphia 76ers 84-100 Toronto Raptors
Washington Wizards 105-99 Chicago Bulls
Atlanta Hawks 105-91 Boston Celtics
Dallas Mavericks 107-114 Denver Nuggets
Miami Heat 89-104 Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Clippers 100-94 Portland Trail Blazers