The timeout needed no grease board to scribble strategy, no X-and-O instruction whatsoever.
Given that he strode to halfcourt to call it, Jim Boylan could have used smoke signals to communicate his displeasure, such was the amount of steam exiting his ears.
Trying to staunch a disastrous third-quarter performance, Boylan first upbraided each Bull as he strode to the bench. He then entered the timeout huddle briefly to challenge his players' effort before storming away and standing with his arms folded.
His players finished the timeout in silence, and later a description-defying 97-91 loss to a team without the injured Gilbert Arenas and Caron Butler and an ejected DeShawn Stevenson for the second half.
"We absolutely got what we deserved," an emotional and irate Boylan said. "We played one half and thought that was enough. A couple of weeks ago, we were out in Golden State with a team that was depleted and beat them. I guess we didn't learn a lesson from that.
"You have to play 48 minutes every night. We embarrassed the organization and the city of Chicago. I apologize for that."
Antawn Jamison, Andray Blatche and ex-Bull Roger Mason Jr. all scored 17 for the Wizards, who had lost 11 of 14 entering and overcame a 20-point, first-half deficit.
Boylan called his tantrum timeout 105 seconds into the second half after the Wizards scored seven straight in an eventual 22-1 run.
"Zero, not a thing," Boylan said, when asked how his team responded. "They've responded in the past. But we couldn't stop [the Wizards]. It was pretty evident our defense was non-existent."
The Bulls committed five turnovers on their first six possessions and missed their first nine shots with seven turnovers in the third quarter before Andres Nocioni's jumper with 4:50 left.
The Bulls were booed off the court after shooting 4 of 15 in the period with 10 turnovers, which the Wizards converted to 16 points.
Still, the Bulls were within 93-91 when Nocioni drained a deep three with 39.9 seconds left.
Hughes and Nocioni then both narrowly missed stealing the ball from Darius Songalia, who somehow tipped it wildly to Jamison. He scored and Gooden fouled him with 27 seconds left to seal matters.
Hughes, who scored 16 points, pondered Boylan's assessment that the Bulls "thought [they] had the game won at halftime."
"I think we all know the game isn't over then," Hughes said. "We just obviously can't let that third quarter happen again."
In the fourth, the Bulls were assessed a technical foul for their second delay of game when Chris Duhon didn't have his shirt tucked in as he entered for his first action in four games.
"We're embarrassed," Kirk Hinrich said. "This has been the story of the year. We play good a game then bad a game. We play good for a half and bad for a half."