WASHINGTON -- John Wall had 23 points and 11 assists, and the Washington Wizards reached .500 for the third time this season with a 96-93 win over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.
There were 12 lead changes and 11 ties. Washington took a 92-91 lead on Marcin Gortat's layup with 4:28 to play.
With the Wizards ahead 96-93 with 1:06 to play, Chicago's Joakim Noah threw a pass out of bounds, and teammate Taj Gibson missed a short jumper with 30 seconds left. As the clock wound down, Jimmy Butler tried a tying 3-pointer for the Bulls and Nene blocked it with less than a second to play.
The Bulls were held to just one field goal in the final 5:16. They missed eight of their last nine shots.
Gortat had 13 points as Washington improved to 19-19 -- the first time it's been at .500 since Dec. 30.
Chicago played for the first time since their second triple-overtime game of the season, a win in Orlando on Wednesday.
The Wizards also played on Wednesday, and scored their most satisfying win of the season, a drubbing of two-time NBA champion Miami.
Washington shot 68.4 per cent in the first quarter and led 30-27 after one. The Wizards also had a 54-50 lead at halftime.
Chicago went on a 14-2 run to take a 70-62 lead with 5:18 remaining in the third. But the Wizards responded with a 10-0 run that included an exciting shot by Wall.
The speedy point guard was grabbed by Mike Dunleavy on a drive. He spun and flipped the ball into the hoop with his left hand as he fell backward.
The game was tied at 74 after three.
NOTES: Wizards coach Randy Wittman said F Al Harrington (right knee) isn't close to returning. Harrington hasn't played since Nov. 12. .The Bulls are the eighth NBA team to play two triple overtime games in the same season. . Noah had 12 rebounds for his 11th straight game in double digits, a career best. . Chicago had won four in a row on the road.