Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Derrick Rose finished with 24 points and Joakim Noah ended with 21 points and nine rebounds as the Chicago Bulls topped the Washington Wizards, 103-96, at United Center.
"I thought we didn't cover well," said Deng. "We were scoring at the other end, but we can't be giving up baskets the way we did tonight."
"He's kind of going through training camp right now," said Washington head coach Flip Saunders about Arenas. "I think the last few days he's worked hard and has been shooting the ball well."
After a back-and-forth first quarter the Wizards held a 25-24 advantage.
Deng hit a jumper early in the second quarter to take the lead, 29-27, and the Bulls never trailed from there, capitalizing on 8-of-24 shooting from the Wizards in the second frame to take a 50-42 leading heading to the locker room.
Rose added eight points in the third and Chicago stretched their lead to as many as 18 to take 72-58 margin heading to the final stanza.
Washington tried to surge in the fourth quarter, but the Bulls' early lead was too much to overcome. Wall hit a three with 30.9 ticks remaining to put the game at 97-91 and from there the Bulls hit on 6-of-6 from the free throw line to preserve the victory.
Taj Gibson finished with nine points and seven rebounds for Chicago...Nick Young contributed 11 points on 5-of-9 from the field in a reserve role for the Wizards...Washington forward Yi Jianlian left the game in the third quarter with what the team called a bone bruise in his knee.