I really hoped that the Washington Wizards would win tonight against the Chicago Bulls. Both teams are among the worst in the Eastern Conference. And somewhere deep inside, Washington wanted to show that they were right to allow Tomas Satoransky to walk off to the Chicago Bulls last summer.
But unfortunately, Washington still lost, 110-109 in overtime.
Yes, I’ll admit that I was in “Tomas Satoransky” appreciation mode, win or lose. Scott Brooks may have done him “dirty” according to some Wizards fans. but he still signed autographs for fans anyway.
#TheReturn of Tomas Satoransky— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) December 19, 2019
: @DezHester for Bullets Forever#DCFamily #RepTheDistrict #DCRising pic.twitter.com/f4HJT2NjoP
That still doesn’t mean that I wanted the Bulls to win. Then again, considering how the Wizards lost tonight, I’m happy that Satoransky did well. The now Bulls point guard had a strong game overall, scoring 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting and dishing 6 assists. He orchestrated a good offense even with the Wizards putting out one of their best defensive performances all season, holding the Bulls to just 40.2 percent shooting. Still, Washington
The first half of the game was quite ho-hum, though. Both teams struggled to get on a sustained run on offense but the Wizards went into halftime with a 58-52 lead.
That said, Davis Bertans scored 21 of his 29 points in the first half, and continued doing what sharpshooters do.
Don't let him get hot! #WizBulls | @DBertans_42 pic.twitter.com/ol0TmtwEYl— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) December 19, 2019
Still, even with the Wizards ultimately getting a double digit lead over the Bulls in the fourth quarter, Chicago still managed to come back. Big time.
Bulls went on a quick 18-3 run— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) December 19, 2019
Down three with a few seconds left on the clock.@nbcschicago | #RunWithUs pic.twitter.com/P73f07Kr9F
They went on a 12-0 run in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter to tie the game with just over five seconds left after Bertans fouled Zach LaVine on a three-point shot attempt.
Ultimately, Beal had the ball in his hands for the last shot and made the go-ahead bucket
BIG PANDA ENERGY!!! pic.twitter.com/ZCeRih0vW7— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) December 19, 2019
But still, LaVine managed to get fouled in that last half-second. This time, Issac Bonga got him in an inbounds pass. LaVine made the shot and we got into overtime.
In overtime, the Bulls ultimately pulled through for the win. And who scored the first go-ahead basket for Chicago?
In ... “So-Wizards” fashion, it was Tomas Satoransky. Yeah, Wendell Carter Jr. scored the “official” game-winner with 9 seconds left, but hey, I’m looking for a narrative.
WCJ REVERSE LAYUP FOR THE LEAD WITH 9.1 SECONDS LEFT! pic.twitter.com/qiChtSK1N8— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) December 19, 2019
Satoransky wanted to get even against the Wizards, and he had a strong game to lead his team to a victory, even in an otherwise rough season for Chicago.
For the Bulls, Lauri Markannen led their scorers with 31 points and LaVine added 24 points, 11 off of free throws. For the Wizards, Bradley Beal added 22 points and Isaiah Thomas scored 16 more.
The Wizards are off until Friday, Dec. 20 when they start a four-game road trip against the Toronto Raptors. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET.