Once the laughingstock of the NBA, it's time to put some stock in the vastly improved Wizards who took it to the Chicago Bulls, 86-73, Saturday night at Verizon Center. It was their fifth straight win at home, and even though they have an 11-31 record the Wizards are one of the hotter teams in the NBA right now.

"What I can say is that is the kind of potential we have," said Wizards center Nene, who had 16 points in the win over Chicago. "Now we've started proving a point. Now we've started playing our games, have back all the players and this is our team," Nene said.

The Wizards' record improved to 6-3 since starting point guard John Wall returned from a knee injury. The team was 5-28 without him.

"We can't do anything about what the past gave us," Wall said. "We're looking for the future and everybody's getting healthy. We're just trusting each other and hope we can keep playing like this the rest of the season."

Wall had 15 points and 7 assists against the Bulls.