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Bulls shoot for sixth straight win, host Wizards

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Bulls co-own the longest current winning streak in the NBA at five games and will put that mark to the test Monday night when they welcome the Washington Wizards to the United Center.

Both the Bulls and Denver Nuggets have won five straight, but the last three of Chicago's five consecutive victories came without two-time All-Star Luol Deng. He was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, so the Bulls are in the midst of some quality team basketball.

A win on Monday night gets the Bulls to .500, which is pretty incredible considering not only did they acquire no meaningful assets right now for Deng, but former MVP Derrick Rose was lost for the season in November.

"Every time we get knocked down, we get back up. Things don't always go your way," said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. "If you are not satisfied with your circumstances, you have to do everything you can to change them. We are fighting, clawing, doing everything we have to do."

The Bulls have won eight of their last 10 and the fifth straight victory came Saturday with a 103-97 home triumph over the Charlotte Bobcats.

Joakim Noah, D.J. Augustin and Carlos Boozer each turned in double-doubles on Saturday. Noah finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds, Augustin added 20 points and 12 assists and Boozer chipped in 12 points and 10 boards for the Bulls.

The Wizards have dropped two straight and both came in semi-interesting fashion.

On Friday, the Wiz only scored 66 points in a 27-point rout at Indianapolis. Then, on Saturday, the Wizards and Houston Rockets endured two rain delays before the Rockets emerged with a 114-107 victory in Washington D.C.

The game was delayed at the start of the second and third quarters due to a leak in the Verizon Center roof that continuously dripped water onto the floor at halfcourt near the scorer's table.

John Wall and Trevor Ariza registered double-doubles in Washington's fourth straight loss at home, as each scored 23 points. Wall added 10 assists and Ariza grabbed 14 rebounds

Kevin Seraphin added 18 points off the bench for the Wizards, while Bradley Beal scored 13 points in the loss.

The game was tied at 29 after one quarter of play when there was a lengthy delay at the start of the second stanza. Because of the leak, the game was delayed 35 minutes as personnel tried to deal with the situation.

"It was a big distraction. It can make you too complacent. It is up to us to stay focused, stay in game mode and try to win the game," Beal said.

The Wizards and Bulls split last season's four matchups with the home team prevailing each time. The Wizards have lost eight of their last nine in Chicago.

01/13 10:27:09 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
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y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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