CHICAGO — The Washington Wizards are winning more on the road than they are at home. They can’t quite pinpoint why.
John Wall and Nene had 19 points apiece, Trevor Ariza scored 16 and the Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 102-88 Monday night.
“We just play more freely,” Marcin Gortat said. “We can focus in the hotel. In the locker room, we’re just sitting in one little room and trying to get ready for the game. I don’t know, at home there’s just too many rooms, too many places where you can go. Too many places where you can dance and sing.”
The Wizards led by 13 early in the fourth and hung on down the stretch after a 12-point lead was cut to five, snapping the Bulls’ five-game win streak.
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Nene scored eight points in the final period after getting the start, and Bradley Beal came on strong down the stretch to finish with 13. He hit a jumper and three-pointer during a nine-point run that bumped Washington’s lead to 96-82 with three minutes left.
“It’s kind of hurting us that we don’t play as a team at home,” Wall said. “We don’t come out with a sense of urgency and we get down early.”
• Bulls star Derrick Rose is off crutches, the next step as he recovers from his latest season-ending knee injury. Coach Tom Thibodeau says the former MVP will probably start traveling with the team in the next few weeks.
• Carmelo Anthony had 29 points and 16 rebounds, and the Knicks held the Suns without a field goal in overtime to win 98-96 for their fifth consecutive victory. Knicks center Tyson Chandler missed his fourth consecutive game because of bronchitis and hopes to return Tuesday.
• For the second consecutive January, the Heat will visit the White House on Tuesday, a commemoration of its 2013 championship. Chris Bosh said of the White House: “It’s a fortress. To be in the most powerful building in the world is pretty cool.”
• Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson says doctors want him to rest for about two months before they determine whether he needs neck surgery to repair a herniated disk.
• Gordon Hayward sat out his second consecutive game for the Jazz because of a left hip injury.
• The Timberwolves have recalled rookie Shabazz Muhammad out of UCLA from their NBA Development League affiliate. Muhammad played in four games for the Iowa Energy, averaging 24.5 points on 57.1 percent shooting and 9.8 rebounds.