Wednesday nights 107-97 loss by the Chicago Bulls to the Washington Wizards was the Bulls 4th loss in there last 5 games. Also in the Bulls last 3 losses they’ve been beaten by double figures. With the win Washington improves there record to 13-15 while the Bulls fall back to the .500 mark at 14-14.
The teams where pretty even though the first part of the opening quarter. Washington found itself with a one point lead at 13-12, but the Bulls went on a 21 to 9 run the final 6 minutes of the quarter and built an 11 point lead 33-22 by the end of the 1st.
The Bulls where able to keep the lead in double digits and after a Dwayne Wade three point play the Bulls had the largest lead of 13 points at 43-30. The Wizards went on a 10 to 1 run and cut the lead to 4 points at 44-40. Washington came all the way back to take the lead at 53-52, but the Bulls where able to take the lead back going into halftime at 56-55.
Washington was able to tie the game again at 61 all and the Wizards then went on to build a 5 point lead at 71-66 before the Bulls came back. The teams found themselves tied again at 75 all and each team was able to add two more points before the quarter ended with the teams tied again at 77 all.
The teams tie 4 times to start the 4th quarter, but Washington scored 6 straight points to take a 91-85 lead. Chicago never got closer than 3 points again as the Wizards where able to continue to build there lead. It reached double digits for the first time with 1:05 left to play. The Bulls knocked the lead down a few points before Washington got it back to 10 points by the end of the game for a 107-97 win.
John Wall led the Wizards and was the games high scorer with 23 points. Wall also handed out a team high 9 assists. Bradley Beal added 21 points while Marcin Gortat had 14 points. Marcus Thornton added 10 points off the Wizards bench. Gortat and Markieff Morris each had 11 rebounds to tie for game high honors.
The Bulls where led by Jimmy Butler with 20 points. Dwayne Wade had 19 points while Taj Gibson scored 17 points. Nikola Mirotic (11 points) and Doug McDermott (10 points) came off the Bulls bench to score in double figures. Butler and Gibson also tied for game high rebound honors with 11 while Rajon Rondo handed out a game high 10 assists.
Washington has now won 4 of there last 5 games and they’ll get a day off before they wrap up their three game road trip Friday night against the13-14 Milwaukee Bucks. The Bulls have a short two game road trip starting Friday night against the 16-13 Charlotte Hornets.