John Wall finally beat Derrick Rose head-to-head, as the Washington Wizards took a 20-point first-quarter lead and held on for a 102-86 win over the Chicago Bulls Friday night.
Wall finished with 16 points and 12 assists and had a hand in seven of Washington's final eight baskets in the first half after the Bulls had begun to rally.
The leader in All-Star votes among Eastern Conference guards snapped his 0-5 all-time record when both he and Rose are on the court.
Marcin Gortat added 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Wizards, who have won three straight and now have a better record than the Bulls.
They beat the Bulls in five games in a contentious first-round playoff series last year. Rose missed that series while recovering from knee surgery.
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