CHICAGO – Ben Gordon scored 28 points and Andres Nocioni added 24 to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 112-94 victory Saturday night over the Washington Wizards, who set a franchise record with their eighth straight road loss to start the season.

The two led the charge as the Bulls outscored Washington 33-19 in the second quarter and won their fourth straight game.

Gordon hit 10-of-21 shots. And Nocioni picked up where he left off the previous night, when he scored a career-high 31 points in a three-point victory over the New Orleans Hornets in Oklahoma City. He was 9-of-15 from the field.

Luol Deng added 18 points and nine rebounds. Kirk Hinrich had 10 points and nine assists, while Ben Wallace showed no sign of the stiff neck or right hand injury that have bothered him lately. He finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.

Caron Butler had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards, who took sole possession of a dubious franchise record. The 1986-87 team dropped its first seven on the road.

Gilbert Arenas was 3-of-11 and scored 10, after delivering 33 points and 10 assists in Friday’s 121-109 victory over Charlotte.

A Bulls team built on defense has been showing some offensive flair lately.

The 112 points were a season-high, and Saturday’s game was Chicago’s sixth straight with at least 100. Nocioni and Gordon set the tone, scoring 13 and 12 in the second quarter as Chicago turned a four-point edge into a 62-44 halftime advantage.

Up 29-25, Nocioni started the spurt with a 3 from the corner just over a minute into the period. He added a layup, a 3 from the wing and another from the corner that made it 42-28 with 7:36 left in the half. And the lead continued to grow.

It was 50-31 after a jumper by Hinrich and turnaround jumper by Tyrus Thomas with 5:15 left in the half, and the Wizards couldn’t stop the momentum.

Not after Brendan Haywood delivered a two-handed dunk over Thomas. And not after Gordon lost his dribble near the top of the key. Chicago recovered the loose ball, Deng grabbed the rebound after Hinrich missed a rushed 3 at the shot-clock buzzer, and Gordon hit a 3 that made it 53-33. He added another one on the Bulls’ next possession to make it a 21-point game, and the lead reached 60-36 on Nocioni’s 16-footer with 2:34 left in the half.

After seeing a 15-point, fourth-quarter lead dwindle to two the previous night, the Bulls never were challenged in the second half. They led by as much as 30 in the third quarter.

Notes: The Wizards host Dallas on Monday, then visit New York and Philadelphia on Wednesday and Friday. … Chicago G Chris Duhon suffered a mild concussion midway through the third quarter. … F Malik Allen stayed home with flu-like symptoms and missed his second straight game. … With 21 of the next 29 games at home, no one needed to remind coach Scott Skiles that the Bulls are entering a crucial stretch. “There’s a possibility where we end up will be decided in that (time),” he said.

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