Tomas Satoransky turned in a career night with 25 points on 10-12 shooting to go along with six assists as the Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls, 101-90 on Saturday night.
Otto Porter added 14 points and Mike Scott chipped in with 14 off the bench as the Wizards avoided their first three-game losing skid of the season.
Chicago took a 2-0 lead on a Robin Lopez jumper to start the game. It was the only time the Wizards trailed all game as they were able to maintain a double-digit lead the rest of the way for most of the evening.
Washington won the war of attrition as Tomas Satoransky, Tim Frazier, and Ian Mahinmi were forced to leave the contest early for varying reasons and Markieff Morris didn’t dress due to flu-like symptoms, but regardless, the Wizards still found a way to get the win on the road.
Sato turns in a career night
Tomas Satoransky scored a career-high with 25 points tonight on a blistering hot 10-12 shooting including knocking down five-of-six of his three-point attempts to go along with six assists. He set the tone early for the Wizards as he was constantly looking to push the ball and get out in transition. As a result, the Wizards had three uncontested dunks or layups in the first quarter.
He got going early by making all three three-point attempts in the first half as Washington built a double-digit lead. When the ball wasn’t in his hands on offense, he kept himself involved with timely cuts through the paint.
Tomas Satoransky with a play in the post and then a fastbreak slam on the next play. He's got 15 points already!— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) February 11, 2018
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Sato continued his hot shooting in the second half as he added another 10 points including this three-pointer to give him a new career high in points and three-pointers made.
For the career high! 22 and counting now for @satoransky! #WizBulls pic.twitter.com/be28u26iOe— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) February 11, 2018
The Wizards let if fly from 3
The Wizards came into this contest averaging just 26.5 three-point attempts per contest, but they came out gunning from three-point range in the first quarter where they took 13 shots from deep and connected on six of them.
Washington had a cold stretch from distance through the second quarter and into the third quarter but it was key three-pointers from Tomas Satoransky, Jodie Meeks, and Mike Scott in the fourth quarter as the Wizards were able to halt any run whenever it looked like Chicago might get back in this one.
A war of attrition
At the 2:35 mark of the fourth quarter, Tomas Satoransky drove baseline for a dunk and Bobby Portis fouled him up high resulting in a very scary fall for Satoransky.
Satoransky's head hits the floor hard. pic.twitter.com/N41OFMyKn2— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) February 11, 2018
Sato looked to have a gash on the side of his head and didn’t return putting a damper on a career night.
Earlier in the game, Tim Frazier hit his head on Bobby Portis’ knee when diving for a loose ball. He left the game with a nasal fracture.
If either player has to miss time, don’t be surprised to see the Wizards grab a point guard to provide more depth.
Markieff Morris missed tonight’s game due to flu-like symptoms and it looks like it might be spreading around as Ian Mahinmi played in the first half but didn’t return in the second half due to illness. As a result, Jason Smith and Chris McCullough received some unexpected playing time.
- Bradley Beal had a second straight cold shooting night as he was held to just seven points on 3-13 shooting and missed all seven of his 3-point attempts.
- The Washington bench combined for 38 points led by Mike Scott with 14 and Jodie Meeks with 10.
- Everyone was eating yet again as the Wizards combined for 31 assists.
Next up: The Wizards play their final game before the All-Star break in New York on Wednesday against the Knicks at 7 p.m.