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Derrick Rose scores 25 to lead Bulls past Wizards 99-91

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WASHINGTON — Derrick Rose scored 25 points and Pau Gasol had 18 as the Chicago Bulls won their fourth straight, beating the Washington Wizards 99-91 on Tuesday night.

After Washington scored 12 straight — 10 by John Wall — to take an 87-86 lead with 3:44 remaining, Chicago steadied and scored eight straight — six by Rose to lead 94-87 with 1:48 to play.

Wall led the Wizards with 18 points.

The Bulls outrebounded Washington 52-41.

On Monday, Chicago scored a franchise-record 49 points in the fourth quarter as they beat Toronto 129-120. Points were harder to come by a night later.

It was the first meeting of the teams this season. Washington defeated Chicago in the first round of last year's playoffs, 4-1.

PHOTO: Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) tries to shoot between Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (4), from Poland, and forward Kris Humphries (43), with Chicago guard Derrick Rose (1) nearby, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) tries to shoot between Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (4), from Poland, and forward Kris Humphries (43), with Chicago guard Derrick Rose (1) nearby, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Rose and Wall faced each other for just the fifth time and the first since Jan. 30, 2012 because Rose had been injured for most of the past two seasons. The Bulls have won each of the five games .Gasol made his first 3-pointer of the season at the first quarter horn, and Rose hit one as the second quarter ended to give Chicago a 46-40 lead.


TIP-INS: Bulls: G Kirk Hinrich did not make the trip due to tendinitis in his left knee. Coach Tom Thibodeau said he thought Hinrich, who injured the knee in Monday night's game would miss "probably a couple of days. I'm not sure yet. . Thibodeau said that rookie F Doug McDermott, who had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, was making progress. He's not expected back before the middle of next month.

WIZARDS: F Marcin Gortat was assessed a technical foul in the second quarter. . The Wizards have lost consecutive games for only the second time this season and two straight at home for the first time.

COMING UP:

Bulls Host Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.

Wizards Visit Knicks on Thursday.

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PHOTO: Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) tries to shoot between Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (4), from Poland, and forward Kris Humphries (43), with Chicago guard Derrick Rose (1) nearby, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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