Brendan Haywood scored a career-high 25 points, Caron Butler added 18 and the short-handed Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 99-87 last night. Antawn Jamison missed his second straight game with a sprained right shoulder and Gilbert Arenas rested his surgically repaired left knee for precautionary reasons, but Haywood and Butler picked up the slack. The Bulls got 18 points from Ben Gordon and 16 from Larry Hughes.
Haywood, whose previous career high was 23 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked two shots. Butler added eight boards for Washington, which owned a 53-28 edge on the glass. The Wizards again dominated the third quarter against Chicago. This time, they outscored the Bulls 34-21 to turn a one-point deficit into a 76-64 advantage. Jamison, averaging a team-leading 21.5 points and 10.2 rebounds, was injured Wednesday.