WASHINGTON (AP) – Chris Duhon scored all of his 24 points in the second half, Kirk Hinrich had 22 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls rallied from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Washington 118-111 on Saturday night.

The Bulls ended the game with a 16-0 run after trailing by nine with 3 minutes to play, ending an 11-game losing streak at the MCI Center that included three games in the first round of last season’s playoffs. Saturday’s game was the teams’ first meeting since that series, which the Wizards won 4-2 after taking the final four games.

Luol Deng, making his first start of the season for Chicago, had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Darius Songalia scored eight of his season-high 15 points in the fourth quarter.

The victory moved the Bulls back above .500, although they remain in last place in the Central Division.

The Wizards fell two games below .500 heading into Sunday’s game against first-place Miami. The Heat have won 12 straight over the Wizards, including a sweep in the second round of the playoffs last season.

Gilbert Arenas scored 42 points for the Wizards, but he committed nine turnovers and was disgruntled after three consecutive calls went against him in the final minutes. He was called for a charge, a defensive foul and then was unhappy with a no-call when he crashed to the floor after his shot was blocked by Songalia. Arenas then sat in front of the scorer’s table in an apparent protest. Official Joe Crawford told Arenas to get up, then Arenas limped to the bench and was replaced after a free throw.

The Wizards have lost nine of 12, and they’ve blown a big lead in back-to-back games. The led Indiana by 16 in the second quarter before losing 111-87 on Thursday.

The Wizards took the lead at the start of the fourth quarter with a 16-4 run led by Arenas and Caron Butler, who scored 10 of his 16 points in the final period.

But the Bulls mounted their comeback, with five players scoring during the final run. Deng’s reverse layup gave Chicago the lead for good with 1:12 to play.

Arenas made 11 of 22 shots and 16 of 20 free throws, shooting the same number as the entire Bulls team (13-for-20). Arenas has scored fewer than 20 points in only six games this season – including 17 at Indiana – and each time he has responded with 28 or more in the next game.

Chicago coach Scott Skiles started Deng in place of Chandler, who came off the bench for the first time this season.

Chandler has been undergoing tests to determine the cause of chronic fatigue, and he had one point and five rebounds in 28 minutes in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. Chandler had four points, five rebounds and five fouls in 24 minutes, but he looked awful on his free throws, badly missing all three attempts.

The Bulls feasted on open jump shots in the second quarter. Hinrich led a 25-6 run, going the length of the floor for an easy layup and then hitting two uncontested jumpers before feeding Songalia shot that put Chicago ahead 51-37 and had the fans booing the home team as they headed toward the bench for a timeout.

Arenas made a pair of steals late in the half to stop the Bulls’ momentum, and his 3-pointer cut the lead to 56-47 at halftime. Chicago shot 60 percent in the second quarter; the Wizards shot 29 percent.

Duhon, held scoreless in the first half, made four 3-pointers in the third quarter for the Bulls, but Arenas kept pace with Chicago seemingly by himself. He had 35 points by the end of the period, including two free throws that tied the game at 84 going into the fourth.

Notes: A pair of guards who couldn’t get off their team’s bench the last two games were back in action. Washington’s Chucky Atkins went 0-for-3 in 10 minutes, and Chicago’s Eric Piatkowski scored four points 12 minutes. … Wizards F Michael Ruffin returned after missing four games with right knee tendinitis. … Miami C Shaquille O’Neal could return Sunday when the Wizards play the Heat. Asked if he expects to see O’Neal, Washington coach Eddie Jordan said: “Hopefully, in one of those nice suits.” … It was throwback night at MCI Center, with the Wizards wearing the bizarre orange and blue uniforms of the 1972-73 Baltimore Bullets. The outfit contained one huge stripe that wrapped around the body, a 70s fashion statement that understandably didn’t last very long. The Bulls looked more conventional in their Chicago Stags uniforms from the late 1940s.

AP-ES-12-10-05 2158EST


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