Story By: Sol Tucker
Photos By: Sol Tucker
There have been quite a few remarkable finishes in this building for the Wizards, tonight was no exception to that as two teams battled right to the final buzzer for the victory with DeMar DeRozan having the final shot that determined the 120-119 victory for the Bulls.
Just when the Wizards looked like they would have a chance to pull this one out after the shot by Kyle Kuzma gave them a 2-point lead with 3.3 seconds remaining, the Bulls had other ideas on how to pull this one out for the second straight night.
After the inbound pass, DeRozan was able to shake free in the corner next to the Bulls bench and fire off a long range three pointer over Bradley Beal that dropped right as time expired on the clock.
DeRozan finished with 28 points and Zach Levine had 35 points to help the Bulls to their seventh straight win, which is their longest streak since Dec. 18-29, 2014.
The Wizards led nearly the whole game, outscoring Chicago 72-30 in points in the paint.
Kuzma scored 29 points and had 12 rebounds, while Beal had 27 points and a career-high 16 assists all while hitting on his 14,000-career point mark tonight.
“The Bulls have a lot of talent on that team with guys who can hit shots with any time left on the clock. I think we did as good of a job defending the inbound and DeMar just shook free and was able to get off a good shot, said Wizards Head Coach Wes Unseld Jr.
For the Wizards, they again are short players with several key bench players in Covid protocols including Spencer Dinwiddie and Montrezl Harrell.