By Mike Frandsen
The Wizards fell to the Chicago Bulls 121-119 last night in a double overtime classic in Chicago. Antawn Jamison’s 34 points and 18 rebounds weren’t enough as Chicago’s Derrick Rose scored a career high 37, including the game-winner in the second overtime. The game featured 29 ties and 23 lead changes.
Caron Butler scored 27 for the Wizards and Brendan Haywood had 16 points and a career high 20 rebounds for Washington. Wizards coach Flip Saunders relied heavily on his starters. Butler played 56 minutes and Jamison played 55.
Earlier in the day, Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas pleaded guilty to a felony gun charge. The undermanned Wizards, playing without the suspended Arenas and Javaris Crittenton, had just 6 turnovers in a well-played game by both teams. Wizards guard Randy Foye had 22 points and seven assists though he missed shots at the end of each overtime.
Rose made a short jumper from the left baseline to tie the game at 104 with 26 seconds left in regulation. Kirk Hinrich stole the ball from Randy Foye with 5.1 seconds left in regulation.
Rose also made the game winner, a short jump hook in the lane with 5.4 seconds left in the second extra period.
The win was the fourth in a row for the Bulls while the Wizards lost their fourth consecutive game. Washington takes on the Sacramento Kings tonight at 7 at the Verizon Center.