January 1, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, United States; Washington Wizards center Daniel Gafford (21) fouls Chicago Bulls forward Derrick Jones Jr. (5) during the second half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Game-high Zach LaVine’s 27 points led six Chicago Bulls in double digits Friday night as they extended their winning streak to nine games with a 130-122 loss to the visiting Washington Wizards.
Coby White came off the bench at the 21st box, while Lonzo Ball and Ayo Dosunmu each added 18 points. Nikola Vucevic filled the stat sheet with 16 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists, and DeMar DeRozan contributed 15 points and eight assists.
All five starters scored in double digits for Washington, led by Bradley Beal’s 26 points. Kyle Kuzma added a 21-point, 11-rebound double-double, while Spencer Dinwiddie added 18 points. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Daniel Gafford each scored 14 points.
The difference in a game where both teams scored better than 50 percent of their shots was the 3-point line. While the Bulls drilled 15 of 33 from distance, the Wizards were only 7 of 24, a 24-point gap that was too large to overcome.
The final margin was somewhat flattering for Washington. Chicago led by 19 on Dosunmu’s steal and dunk with 3:43 left before the Wizards scored the last 11 points of the game.
Beal gave Washington an 18-16 lead less than six minutes into the game with a finger roll, giving him 10 quick points. But Chicago responded as White provided eight runs in about four minutes, giving him a 37-32 cushion after a quarter.
The second quarter was also optional on defense, with the Bulls quickly increasing the margin to 12 on a 3-point pointer from Dosunmu in under 90 seconds. 1.8 seconds to go for a 73-66 halftime advantage.
Washington took an 81-80 advantage with 7:35 left in the third quarter when Beal hit a pair of free throws. But Chicago fought back with 3 straight runs from Ball that sparked a run the Whites capped with a pair of treys that helped make it 107-95 for the fourth period.
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