Wizards vs. Bulls final score: Wall-less Washington falls flat in 113-94 loss to Chicago

The Chicago Bulls, who rank 25th in three-point shooting, knocked down 18 shots from deep as the Bulls blew out the Wizards 113-94 in the latest #SoWizards loss of the season on Sunday afternoon. Lauri Markkanen, who knocked down five 3-pointers, led the Bulls with 23 points and Bobby Portis added 18 to help the Bulls avoid the season sweep against the Wizards.

Otto Porter scored a team-high 17 points for the Wizards and Mike Scott added 14 points off the bench, but don’t let the stat sheet fool you, the Wizards didn’t get much help from anyone else.

Washington fell behind quickly as Chicago went 8-for-11 on threes in the first quarter to take a 36-21 lead. Washington was able to claw their way back in the game in the second quarter with solid bench play. The reserves combined for 20 points in the opening half and trimmed the deficit to four, 45-41 midway through the quarter.

Unfortunately for the Wizards, careless play from the starters carried over into the second half and the game got out of hand pretty quickly in the third quarter. When it was all said and done, the Wizards gave up 113 points on 52.4 percent shooting from the field and 52.9 percent shooting from deep. It’s Chicago’s fifth-best shooting performance of the season and tied for their best performance of the season from long range.

Takeaways

Washington can’t overcome Chicago’s blazing hot first-half shooting

Chicago was on fire to start this one.

Nearly everything that Bobby Portis, Lauri Markkanen, and Justin Holiday threw up went in as the trio combined for 40 points in the first half including a 9-for-11 performance from three-point range. Chicago rode poor Washington defense combined with red-hot shooting as the Bulls used a 14-0 run in the first quarter to take a 36-21 lead.

The hot shooting carried over into the second quarter as they knocked down 10 of their first 14 shots to start the period and increase their lead after the Washington reserves trimmed it down to four.

Washington dug themselves into too big of a hole and was never ever to come back in this one as they gave up 11 threes and 68 points on 64 percent shooting to a lottery-bound Bulls team in the first half.

Aside from Otto Porter, the starters were awful today

You may look at the box score and think some of the starters not named Otto Porter played OK in this one – but don’t let the numbers fool you. Yes, Bradley Beal and Marcin Gortat scored in double-figures this afternoon, however, there was no fight and energy from the starting five today.

Chicago was running a clinic on how to burn your opposition with backdoor cuts as Washington fell asleep defensively too many times. The starters were a step slow in their closeouts resulting in open looks for Chicago. They also provided no resistance in the paint, which allowed the Bulls to get shots from close in or kick the ball out to open shooters on the perimeter.

Outside of Porter, the starters looked disinterested in this game. But, we’ve seen this movie before – many times.

On the bright side, Washington only has two games left against teams with losing records (Atlanta, at Orlando).

Kelly Oubre’s shooting struggles continue

If it isn’t a layup or dunk, Kelly Oubre isn’t making it. His shooting struggles continued once again as he was a horrid 2-for-8 from the field and missed all three of his 3-point attempts. He curled off a screen for a nice drive to the hole for his first basket of the game and it looked like that might get him going. But then he started taking shots outside of the painted area, and that’s when things went sour.

He missed every shot that wasn’t a layup or dunk and has made just one of his last 26 3-point attempts. Washington needs Oubre to break out of this slump in the worst way.

Game Notes

  • You know how the rule goes, “If Jason Smith throws down a thunderous jam, the Wizards are a lock to win.” Well, rules are meant to be broken:

  • Speaking of Jason Smith, coach Brooks opted to play Smith over Ian Mahinmi at the backup center position. It’s Mahinmi’s second DNP-CD of the season.
  • With the loss, the Wizards are now 4 games behind the Pacers for fifth place, which essentially locks them into the sixth, seventh, or eight seed.
  • John Wall did not play in this one as a precaution after making his return on Saturday.

Next up: The Wizards are heading to Texas to face the top-ranked team in the West, the Houston Rockets, on Tuesday at 8 p.m.

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Hornets at Wizards Final Score: Wiz buzz Hornets 107-93 in Wall’s return, clinch playoff spot

Otto Porter proves his previously rolled ankle was no issue as he leads with Wizards with 26 points and Washington knocks off Charlotte, 107-93. John Wall, who played in his first game since going under the knife on January 30th didn’t miss a beat with 15 points and 14 assists in 33 minutes of play as the Wizards clinched a playoff birth for the fourth time in five years.

Even with the return of Wall, the Wizards lacked energy on the defensive end. Charlotte got too many opportunities from close in evidenced as Washington gave up 28 points in the paint to Charlotte in the first half and trailed 51-50, at halftime.

Washington would flip the script in the second half roaring out to an 11-0 run to start the third quarter behind three three-pointers from Bradley Beal as they regained the lead 61-51. Washington would win the third quarter 37-23 behind 14 points in the period from Beal and led 87-74 after three quarters.

After cutting the lead to eight, Scott Brooks re-inserted the starters, as the Wizards were able to build the lead up to 16. With just minutes remaining, John Wall crossed up Malik Monk for Kentucky on Kentucky crime for the icing on the cake as the Wizards down the Hornets for the first time this season.

John Wall makes his return

John Wall knocked down his first shot of the game, a three-pointer, in his first game action since January 25th in Oklahoma City. Wall was clearly looking to get others first as he wasn’t pushing the ball in transition or driving to the hole but rather, was facilitating to get others wide-open shots.

Bradley Beal and Otto Porter were the beneficiary’s early on as they curled off screens and Wall would hit them in their shooting motion for three.

By halftime, Wall had already scored 10 points to go along with six assets all without turning the ball over.

Wall looked to push the pace in the second half after getting his feet under him and once again, Beal benefitted. Wall found Beal for two quick three-pointers to start the second half as the Wizards pulled away. After being re-inserted in the fourth quarter, Wall turned on the burners taking on two defenders for the tough layup – reminiscent of the Wall we know.

Wall did struggle a bit from the field connecting on just 6 of 17 field goals. But, we’re just nitpicking as the guy scored 15 points and dished out 14 dimes in his first game back in two months.

Washington gets hot from three-point range

After struggling from three-point range in Detroit, the Wizards found their collective stroke from three-point range this afternoon. Washington connected on 18-39 (46 percent) of their shots from three-point range in a bounce-back performance.

Otto Porter started hot and continued to stay hot knocking down 6-10 three-point attempts this afternoon including the dagger to bury the Hornets. Bradley Beal was 6-8 from range including going 3-4 from behind the arc in the third quarter as the Wizards pulled away.

Mike Scott relished in his role today as he scored 15 points including knocking down two three-pointers as Markieff Morris played in just one quarter due to flu-like symptoms.

Is it really a surprise that John Wall back in the lineup led to more transition and wide-open threes for others?

Tip Ins

  • Kelly Oubre continues to struggle with his jump shot as he was just 2-14 from the field today and just 1-9 from three-point range. The Wizards need Oubre to break out of this funk and quickly if the Wizards hope to make noise come playoff time
  • Everyone eats with Wall – Washington dished out 30 assists on 40 made baskets with Wall accounting for 14 of them
  • With Wall’s return, to no one’s surprise, Ramon Sessions and Jodie Meeks have officially fallen out of the rotation

Up Next: Washington heads to Chicago to take on the Bulls on Easter Sunday.

Wizards vs. Bulls final score: Tomas Satoransky’s career-best night lifts Wizards to 101-90 win in Chicago

Tomas Satoransky turned in a career night with 25 points on 10-12 shooting to go along with six assists as the Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls, 101-90 on Saturday night.

Otto Porter added 14 points and Mike Scott chipped in with 14 off the bench as the Wizards avoided their first three-game losing skid of the season.

Chicago took a 2-0 lead on a Robin Lopez jumper to start the game. It was the only time the Wizards trailed all game as they were able to maintain a double-digit lead the rest of the way for most of the evening.

Washington won the war of attrition as Tomas SatoranskyTim Frazier, and Ian Mahinmi were forced to leave the contest early for varying reasons and Markieff Morris didn’t dress due to flu-like symptoms, but regardless, the Wizards still found a way to get the win on the road.

Takeaways

Sato turns in a career night

Tomas Satoransky scored a career-high with 25 points tonight on a blistering hot 10-12 shooting including knocking down five-of-six of his three-point attempts to go along with six assists. He set the tone early for the Wizards as he was constantly looking to push the ball and get out in transition. As a result, the Wizards had three uncontested dunks or layups in the first quarter.

He got going early by making all three three-point attempts in the first half as Washington built a double-digit lead. When the ball wasn’t in his hands on offense, he kept himself involved with timely cuts through the paint.

Sato continued his hot shooting in the second half as he added another 10 points including this three-pointer to give him a new career high in points and three-pointers made.

The Wizards let if fly from 3

The Wizards came into this contest averaging just 26.5 three-point attempts per contest, but they came out gunning from three-point range in the first quarter where they took 13 shots from deep and connected on six of them.

Washington had a cold stretch from distance through the second quarter and into the third quarter but it was key three-pointers from Tomas Satoransky, Jodie Meeks, and Mike Scott in the fourth quarter as the Wizards were able to halt any run whenever it looked like Chicago might get back in this one.

A war of attrition

At the 2:35 mark of the fourth quarter, Tomas Satoransky drove baseline for a dunk and Bobby Portis fouled him up high resulting in a very scary fall for Satoransky.

Sato looked to have a gash on the side of his head and didn’t return putting a damper on a career night.

Earlier in the game, Tim Frazier hit his head on Bobby Portis’ knee when diving for a loose ball. He left the game with a nasal fracture.

If either player has to miss time, don’t be surprised to see the Wizards grab a point guard to provide more depth.

Markieff Morris missed tonight’s game due to flu-like symptoms and it looks like it might be spreading around as Ian Mahinmi played in the first half but didn’t return in the second half due to illness. As a result, Jason Smith and Chris McCullough received some unexpected playing time.

Game Notes

  • Bradley Beal had a second straight cold shooting night as he was held to just seven points on 3-13 shooting and missed all seven of his 3-point attempts.
  • The Washington bench combined for 38 points led by Mike Scott with 14 and Jodie Meeks with 10.
  • Everyone was eating yet again as the Wizards combined for 31 assists.

Next up: The Wizards play their final game before the All-Star break in New York on Wednesday against the Knicks at 7 p.m.

Bulls at Wizards final score: Wizards ride Beal’s hot shooting for a 114-110 victory

Washington’s stars came up biggest when it mattered the most.

Bradley Beal led the way for the Wizards with 39 points (17 coming in the fourth quarter) as the Wizards beat the red-hot Chicago Bulls, 114-110. John Wall added 21 points and nine assists as Washington claws out a win against an ever so tricky, sub .500 team.

The Bulls took the lead early on in the first quarter and led for most of the game. Credit the Bulls, whenever the Wizards made a run to trim the lead, Chicago had an answer, most of the time.

With 9 seconds remaining and the game tied at 110; Bradley Beal had a chance to ice the contest with two free throws. Unfortunately, Beal’s free throw shooting struggles continued as he rimmed both of them out. There was an all out scramble for the loose ball which ended up in the hands of Kelly Oubre who quickly passed it to John Wall who got fouled. John Wall would knock down two free throws to ice the game as the Wizards hold on for a 114-110 victory.

Bradley Beal comes up huge for the Wizards

Beal had 15 points through the first 24 minutes, but Brad really started to shine in the fourth quarter when the Wizards needed him most. Beal scored 17 points in the fourth quarter including 15 straight for the Wizards as they scrapped out the victory.

In the final period, whenever the Wizards clawed back into the game on the heels of Beal, the Bulls had a counter punch. However, Bradley Beal would hit a clutch three to tie the game at 101

another three-pointer to tie the game at 104, and another three to give the Wizards a 107-106 lead late in the fourth quarter.

The soon to be All-Star was near perfect tonight as he finished with 39 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists.

His only hiccup was missing two late free-throws which could have iced the game.

John Wall looks like himself

Things haven’t quite clicked 100 percent for Wall but it’s clear, this team is at its best when Wall is getting out in transition and looking to set up others. Wall ended the night with nine assists but once again, his shooting struggled as he was just 6-20 from the field.

Things opened up for the Wizards when Wall pushed the ball for Washington that ended in some easy baskets. Wall was also terrific on the defensive end as he recorded four blocks and came up with a steal late resulting in a layup and a foul on the other end.

Wall also had a clutch layup and the foul with 29 seconds remaining to put the Wizards up for good.

Kelly Oubre and Mike Scott provide the Wizards only bench production

Outside of Oubre and Scott, the Wizards bench was nowhere to be found tonight. The duo combined for 29 points on 11-17 shooting and went 5-9 from three-point range.

After missing Friday night’s game due to the birth of his child, Scott showed no rust as he hit his first six shots tonight as well as a baseline jumper as Washington regained the lead 94-93 for the first time since the first quarter.

Aside from a questionable pass in transition midway through the fourth quarter, Kelly Oubre provided some nice energy off the bench with 12 points and came up with the loose ball off of Beal’s missed free-throws with just seconds to play.

Up Next: The Wizards have two days off before they take on the New York Knicks on Wednesday.

Wizards vs. Bulls final score: Washington falls to 0-3 in Summer League after 82-73 loss to Chicago

Sheldon Mac scored 20 points but didn’t get a whole lot of help from his teammates as the Wizards fell to the Chicago Bulls, 82-73 on Tuesday night.

Lauri Markkanen, the Bulls prized first round pick scored 20 points to go along with 10 rebounds and Antonio Blakeney scored 23 points as Chicago was able to hold off a late run from the Wizards to secure the victory.

After going 4-35 in Summer League action on Monday, the Bulls started 4-5 from range en route to a quick 20-7 lead. The Wizards shot just 29 percent in the first quarter and were only able to muster 15 points as they trailed, 33-15 after one.

After a very passive start, Sheldon Mac got in attack mode. Mac finished in traffic and had a nice transition layup to spark a 7-0 run for the Wizards. Mac and Daniel Ochefu combined for 17 points in the first half but the team shot just 31 percent from the field and trailed, 52-36 at halftime.

Mac stayed in attack mode to start the second half with two quick baskets. Chris McCullough finished a tough putback at the rim and just like that, the Wizards had trimmed the lead to 10, 55-45 midway through the third quarter. Mac’s 12 third quarter points brought the Wizards within nine as they trailed 62-53 after three.

Marcus Keene, no stranger to letting shots fly, got hot in the fourth quarter as he sliced his way into the lane for a tough layup only to follow it up with a three-pointer. The Wizards were able to cut the lead to one, 67-66 midway through the fourth quarter but the Bulls would get hot from three-point range to secure the victory, 82-73.

With the loss, the Wizards fell to 0-3 in league play. They will play again on Wednesday against someone in the opening round of Las Vegas Summer League tournament.

Outside of Sheldon Mac, the Wizards’ regular season players were underwhelming

Mac had a team-high 20 points tonight with 12 of those coming in the third quarter. Outside of Mac, the rest of the Wizards’ regular season players didn’t produce a whole lot. It looked like Ochefu might be in for a big game as he scored nine points in the first half and was active on the glass. However, Ochefu was a non-factor in the second half.

McCullough was overmatched as he was guarding Markkanen for most of the evening. The third-year player was no match for the rookie as he hit shots from deep and was active in the painted area. Danuel House scored just one point tonight and missed all seven of his shots.

Bulls at Wizards Final: Wall dishes out career-high 20 assists as Wizards win, 112-107.

John Wall dishes out a career-high 20 assists as the Wizards hang on to win despite a late comeback from the Bulls, 112-107. Bradley Beal was the Wizards’ high scorer with 24 points including some key baskets down the stretch while Jason Smith scored 17 points to go along with seven rebounds as he started in place of an ill Markieff Morris tonight.

The House of Guards got things going early on for the Wizards. Bradley Beal connected on four of his first six shots while John Wall dished out six assists in the first quarter as the Wizards led, 29-23 after one.

Kelly Oubre, who hasn’t seen the court in a while, got some playing time tonight due to Morris’ absence and took advantage of it. Oubre’s defensive presence was felt right when he checked in as he gathered a steal ending in an easy bucket for Otto Porter on the other end.

Jason Smith caught fire in the second quarter connecting on 3-4 three-pointers as the Wizards ended the quarter on a 10-0 run and led 59-40 at halftime.

The great defense that we saw in the first half was nowhere to be found in the second half. Paul Zipser hit two quick buckets for the Bulls as the lead was trimmed to 15. Chicago kept hanging around in this one. Robin Lopez scored a season-high 25 points tonight with many coming in the third quarter as the Bulls chipped away at the Wizards lead. Chicago outscored the Wizards 32-25 in the third quarter and all of a sudden, what looked like a blowout turned into a close game.

The Bulls kept the momentum rolling into the fourth quarter with an 8-0 run early on. Fortunately for the Wizards, Ian Mahinmi came up big with 16 points tonight including several baskets around the rim in crunch time.

Chicago continued to fight whenever it looked like the Wizards might pull away. Late three-pointers from Denzel Valentine and Jimmy Butler got the Bulls as close as 1, 108-107 with just under a minute to play. The Wizards would miss the shot the next time down the floor but Otto Porter got fouled and would calmly knock down two free-throws to give the Wizards a 110-107 lead. Jimmy Butler heaved up a tough shot with time winding down and missed as Porter grabbed the rebound.

Wizards hang on 112-107.

Career-high 20 assists for John Wall

Wall has had two games this season where he dished out 19 assists but tonight, eclipsed that with a career-high 20. Wall’s shot was not falling early and rather than chucking up shots, he continued to dish out dimes evidenced as he had eight in the first quarter and 12 by halftime. Wall’s 20th and most important assist came on a pick and roll with Marcin Gortat ending in a Gortat layup as the Wizards stretched the lead out to three.

Jason Smith turns in his best game of the season

Markieff Morris was a late scratch due to illness and Jason Smith got the start as a result. And boy, did he seize the opportunity. Smith ended the night with 17 points and seven rebounds including knocking down three three-pointers. Smith was also a presence on the defensive end as he recorded two blocks. Credit to Smith; he was in and out of the rotation for weeks but always stayed ready and tonight, he got his chance and shined.

The bench had a great game

The reserves combined for 35 points tonight led by Ian Mahinmi with 16 on 8-11 shooting. Bogdanovic was his typical self with 12 points including two three-pointers while Brandon Jennings only scored three points but dished out eight assists. The Wizards will need to get performances like this from the reserves more often especially with big games looming.

Wizards vs. Bulls final score: Wall, Beal close out Chicago for 107-97 win

The dynamic backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal helped the Wizards close out the Bulls with some key plays late to pull out a 107-97 win in Chicago. John Wall led the way for the Wizards with 23 points and 9 assists, while Beal wasn’t far behind with 21 points and five assists of his own.

Washington fell behind early as the Bulls shot 62.5 percent in the first quarter and outrebounded the Wizards 18-3 in the period en route to a 33-22 lead. But the Wizards roared back in the second quarter using a 10-1 run to get back into the game. They also got more active in transition in the quarter. They scored 13 points in transition in the second quarter alone, finishing with 32 for the night. The Wizards went into halftime trailing by only one.

The lead seesawed back and forth throughout the third quarter, and ended with the game all knotted up at 77 going into the final quarter.

The bench helped the Wizards get off to a good start as Marcus Thornton hit the first two baskets for the Wizards including one where he was falling out of bounds with the shot clock running out. Trey Burke came alive and chipped in four points as well.

The Bulls came back, however, cutting the lead down to 4, 97-93 late in the fourth but Bradley Beal would use a Gortat screen to knock down a jumper and put the Wizards back up six. John Wall then iced the game the next time down the court with this dagger.

With the win, the Wizards now have a crucial road win against an Eastern Conference foe that’s sitting right above them in the standings. They’ll have a chance to pick up another one on Friday night when they take on the Bucks in Milwaukee.

Technical foul gets Wall fired up

Wall got T’d up with 2:50 remaining the first half, on a play where Taj Gibson plowed into him but no charge was called.

Dwyane Wade cleaned up the miss and was fouled as the Bulls completed a quasi four-point play to put them up 52-44. That lit a fire under Wall as the next three times down the court; he got a layup in transition, was fouled in transition, and found a trailing Beal for three as the Wizards ended the quarter on a 11-4 run. Wall turned up the heat on the defensive end, resulting in the Bulls turnovers and as mentioned, easy baskets for the Wizards.

Wizards turn defense into offense

The Wizards looked to get out on the fast break tonight and the Bulls helped them. The Bulls committed 14 turnovers (9 in the first half) resulting in 19 points for Washington. Washington turned the nine first half turnovers into 13 points as many of them were of the live-ball variety. This allowed the Wizards to get out on the fast break and convert on some easy buckets as the Wizards had 13 fast break points in the second quarter and 32 for the game.

The Bulls, the second best rebounding team in the NBA, grabbed six offensive rebounds in the first quarter. They continued sending guys to the glass in the second quarter which also helped the Wizards get out in transition and claw away at the lead.

Extended play for Sheldon McClellan

Scott Brooks said he wanted to get McClellan some playing time on this road trip, and the rookie got his opportunity tonight. McClellan scored seven points tonight (2-3 shooting) and did a pretty good job on the defensive end as he was matched up against Jimmy Butler or switched onto Dwayne Wade. McClellan saw extended time in the second half because Porter was sidelined with back spasms. If he can continue to turn in nights like this, that’ll result in more and more playing time.