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Surging Wizards Beat Bulls 86-73

Nene #42 of the Washington Wizards back-in against Jakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls during the game at the Verizon Center on January 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nene #42 of the Washington Wizards back-in against Jakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls during the game at the Verizon Center on January 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Emeka Okafor had 15 points and 16 rebounds, helping the surging Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 86-73 on Saturday night.

John Wall and Nene scored 16 points for Washington, which has won consecutive games for the second time this season. The Wizards have won five straight at home for the first time in five years, and seven of 10 overall.

It’s a marked improvement from the start of the season, when Washington (11-31) dropped 28 of its first 32 games.

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