Thomas Bryant was very efficient tonight on offense. He scored 22 of his 28 points in the first half, where he shot 8-of-8 from the field. He ultimately shot 10-of-11 overall.
Rui Hachimura also came back in this game in his 2020-21 season debut. He scored 17 points, including 15 in the first half while playing 25 minutes.
The first half of this game can be characterized as a tale of no defense. The Wizards had a nine-point lead in the first quarter at one point, finishing with a 41-35 lead before the second quarter began. But in the second quarter, that lead vanished away as Washington headed into halftime with a 71-68 deficit.
Even though the Wizards raced to a quick lead in the third quarter, the Bulls still managed to come back and them some. And then again in the fourth quarter after they came back from a deficit to have a 123-118 lead with just over four minutes to go after Raul Neto drained a three pointer. He had 15 points and was Washington’s only major bench contributor. Davis Bertans would have been scoreless if he didn’t make three free throws (for 3 points).
But then Zach LaVine made driving layups and a ton of free throws down the stretch. Wizards alum and “Everybody Eats” ring leader Otto Porter made late shots as well en route to a 28 point night and shot 10-of-14 from the field. He also grabbed 12 rebounds and dished three assists.
Bradley Beal had another 28 point night and Russell Westbrook had a triple double, but who cares when the Wizards lose again!? I’m just sick and tired of writing the same script every day.
The Wizards will play the Minnesota Timberwolves tomorrow night. Tip off is at 8 p.m. ET. And while we’re at it, I’ll say it as bluntly as I can: The Wizards must fire Scott Brooks to have any chance of saving this season!
See you tomorrow. And enjoy the Rockets vs. Kings game tonight featuring an old friend if you’re able to see it,.