Far more significant than the 90-86 final that marked the Wizards' eighth straight home victory, the Bulls also lost Taj Gibson to the same MCL sprain in his left knee that previously sidelined him for 10 games.

Though team officials wouldn't estimate how long Gibson will be sidelined until an MRI exam is completed Wednesday, the versatile big man moved gingerly in the postgame locker room and said his knee "feels the same as when I hurt it the first time."

Sadly, the Bulls could have staged a solid 3-on-3 game inside their locker room as their late collapse unfolded.

"That's what happens when you rush back to try to help your team win," said Gibson, who exited for good just past midway through the second. "All I can remember is I was guarding Trevor (Ariza). I did a basic rotation, tried to slide and it buckled on me. I tried to play through it, but I finally told Thibs to take me out. I knew I couldn't keep going. I didn't want to hurt my teammates.

"It's difficult to put pressure on it. Hopefully, it's not as bad as before. But it's real painful. It's all about how it's going to feel (Wednesday). I hope there's no swelling."