The Washington Wizards (6-15) defeated the Chicago Bulls (9-14) on Monday night, 105-101 in a game where Washington had the upper hand, and persevered through a late stretch when they couldn’t score a field goal for over four minutes toward the end of the game.
Bradley Beal scored 35 points and dished 7 assists tonight. But most importantly, he made the free throws to keep Washington ahead and grabbed a very late rebound from a missed Zach LaVine layup that could have tied things up. LaVine also had 35 points tonight.
If there was a good thing from this contest, it was defense. Washington held Chicago to just 42.4 percent shooting and forced them to commit 16 turnovers, 11 in the first half.
Davis Bertans got the start tonight and started off on the right foot, scoring 12 points, all off of four three pointers. Though his threes helped keep Washington ahead in the first half, he was scoreless in the second.
Rui Hachimura also had a double double with 19 points and 10 rebounds on his 23rd birthday. So let’s get him an All-Star vote.
I’m not sure what else to add about this game. But it was a good hard-fought game to end a road trip after two blowout losses over the weekend. And that should give the team some more momentum as they head into their next game on Wednesday. They’ll finally be home this time to face off against the Toronto Raptors this Wednesday. Gametime is at 7 p.m. ET.