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Pierce’s 22 points lead Wizards over Rose, Bulls, 105-99

CHICAGO (AP) — Paul Pierce had 22 points, and the Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 105-99 on Wednesday night, despite Derrick Rose’s season-high 32.

John Wall scored 10 of his 21 in the fourth quarter. Bradley Beal added 17, and the Wizards knocked off the Central division leaders for the second time in six days.

Washington trailed by as much as 11 in the first half but outscored Chicago 32-19 in the third quarter to take a seven-point lead to the fourth. The Wizards hung on after Chicago pulled within one, giving the Bulls their fourth loss in five games.

Rose was at his best right from the start, scoring 17 in the first quarter and nailing a half-court heave at the end of the period. The Bulls played the second half without Joakim Noah after he injured his right ankle.

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