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.


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.

A way too early ranking of the Eastern Conference

Last week we took a look at how the teams stack up early in the Southeast Division.

Now let’s see how the entire Eastern Conference stacks up now that free agency is in the rearview mirror.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavs just won the championship. Cleveland just re-signed LeBron James to a three-year deal. Not much else to discuss here. Let’s keep moving.

2. Toronto Raptors

The Raptors are here by default. After making their first Eastern Conference Finals appearance in team history, the Raptors are looking to build on that momentum to carry them even further. They re-signed All-Star DeMar DeRozan to a five-year $145 million dollar year to keep the dynamic backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeRozan intact.

Bismack Biyombo played out of his mind during the playoffs earning him a large payday but with the Orlando Magic. Many think that Biyombo’s departure could potentially set the Raptors back. I disagree. Biyombo is a backup center and a rim protector. He averaged 5.5 points and eight rebounds during the regular season but those numbers jumped 6.2 points and 9.4 rebounds during the postseason. Biyombo is a force to be reckoned with on the defensive end but is very limited on the offensive end. He’s a classic energy guy who happened to explode on a national stage at the right time. Yes, they’ll miss his defensive presence and shot-blocking; it’s just, I don’t think that’s enough to set the entire team back.

The Raptors replaced Biyombo with the acquisition of Jared Sullinger. As a starter last season, Sullinger averaged 10.3 points and 8.3 rebounds for the Celtics. However this year, he’s expected to come off of the bench for the Raptors. Sullinger’s playing style is the opposite of Biyombo. Sullinger is shorter in stature but throws his weight around to gain position in the paint. Sullinger can stretch the floor and is effective in doing so as he shot 44.1 percent from shots 5-9 feet from the basket and 44.9 percent on shots 20-24 feet from the hoop.

He isn’t a great three-point shooter but is capable of knocking them down as he shot a modest 28.2 percent from distance last season which is better than most centers.

The Raptors did what they had to do to stay at the top of the Eastern Conference. They may not scare Cleveland, but keeping DeRozan and other key players intact will make them a force to be reckoned with next season.

3. Boston Celtics

The Celtics return four of their five starters from last season. They upgraded at the center position in acquiring Al Horford to fill the void left by Jared Sullinger. Although Horford is 30 years old, the former All-Star is an instant upgrade over Sullinger as he averaged more points (15.2), shot better from the field (50.5 percent), and shot better from three-point range (34.4 percent).

Plug in rookie Jaylen Brown and now the Celtics have another long wing to go alongside Jae Crowder, Amir Johnson, Jonas Jerebko, and Gerald Green.

Additionally, according to ESPN.com, the Celtics are projected to have the easiest schedule in the league next season.

This team still lacks an “alpha dog” as I don’t believe Isaiah Thomas has reached that level yet. However, they still have a very good roster and one of the top coaches in the NBA. The arrow continues to point up for this team.

4. Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers didn’t get much publicity but positioned themselves very well for next season. The Pacers upgraded at point guard acquiring Indianapolis native Jeff Teague from the Atlanta Hawks in a three-team trade. Teague and Hill shot almost identical shooting percentages from three-point range and from the field, however,Teague averaged more points (15.7) and assists (5.9).

Us Wizards fans know that Ian Mahinmi is now gone from the Pacers. The Pacers seem very pleased and confident to move forward with second-year player Myles Turner at center and they also signed a Swiss Army Knife player in Thaddeus Young.

The Pacers secured up the center position with Al Jefferson and it’s very clear that Paul George is back to his superstar ways. The Pacers do have a new coach in Nate McMillan to get used to, however; this team looks poised to take a step forward after getting eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

5. Detroit Pistons

The Pistons bring back essentially the same roster that they had last season after re-signing All-Star center Andre Drummond. In somewhat of an under the radar move, the Pistons acquired Boban Marjanovic from the Spurs to play the backup center position. He is still somewhat of an unknown as he didn’t get too much playing time in San Antonio, however, he’s coming from the best culture in the NBA and will practice against one of the best centers in the NBA in Andre Drummond.

Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris will now have the entire offseason to get acclimated with the team rather than learning on the fly in just 30 games prior to the postseason. The Pistons have a nice core of players and young guys such as Stanley Johnson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who should continue to get better with time.

Expect a big step forward from the Pistons this season.

6. Charlotte Hornets

The losses of Jeremy Lin, Al Jefferson and Courtney Lee sting; No doubt about it. But as Kemba Walker enters his sixth NBA season, I feel that he’s on the verge of a breakout year. Walker scored a career-best 20.9 points last season. After getting snubbed from the All-Star game, Walkers’ numbers ballooned to 25.2 points, 6.1 assists, and 5.6 rebounds in the three weeks afterward. Walker has had his superstar moments evidenced by his 52-point game against the Jazz last season. We’ve seen Walker perform at All-Star levels in stretches; now’s the time where he does it for an entire season.

Outside of Walker, the Hornets kept many key guys intact by re-signing Nicolas Batum and Marvin Williams. With Michael Kidd-Gilchrist still around along with young, fresher guys in Cody Zeller, Frank Kaminsky, and Jeremy Lamb to round out the roster. That’s enough to make the Hornets the early favorites to win the Southeast division.

7. Washington Wizards

The Wizards return their starting five (after the All-Star game) from last season. The big X-factor this season will be Bradley Beal. Will he stay healthy? That’s the $128 million dollar question. Although he feels his injury woes are behind him, the elephant in the room will remain until Beal proves that he can stay healthy as the four-year player averages just 62 games played per season in his short four-year career.

Another uncertainty for the Wizards is Otto Porter’s development. He has continued to develop over the past three seasons, however if the Wizards are going to be relevant in the playoff race again, they’ll need Porter to take yet another step forward. He needs to continue to increase his scoring as the front office is all in on him and Kelly Oubre at the small forward position.

John Wall on the mend from knee surgery and Bradley Beal’s health are a constant question mark, so if Porter can take on more of a scoring load for this team early; that will pay dividends down the road.

8. Miami Heat

Let me preface this by saying this ranking assumes Chris Bosh DOESN’T play next season.

The Heat lost key players in Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, and Joe Johnson to free agency. That hurts. The team will now be counting on Goran Dragic, Hassan Whiteside and up and comer Justice Winslow to carry the torch for this team.

The Heat should be just fine defensively as Eric Spoelstra is known for his defensive schemes however the offense is another question. Hassan Whiteside is limited offensively, the team replaced Wade with Dion Waiters, but will count on Goran Dragic to carry the scoring load. Dragic has averaged 20 points for a season just once in his career and if the Heat are going to be competitive this year, he’ll need to do that again.

The wildcard here is Chris Bosh. As mentioned, Bosh has been dealing with blood clots over the past two years causing him to miss 67 games over the past two seasons. If Bosh is cleared to play and can stay healthy, that should be enough for the Heat to make the playoffs. If he can’t, the Heat will probably be on the outside looking in.

9. Chicago Bulls

Will the Bulls make any three-pointers next year? It can be assumed that Rondo, Wade, and Butler will be starting at the point guard, shooting guard, and small forward positions. None of them shoot threes very well. That leaves Nikola Mirotic, the team’s power forward, as the Bulls’ best three-point option.

10. Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks lost Jeff Teague and Al Horford in the offseason. Yes, they signed Dwight Howard but he has proven that he’s not the easiest teammate to play with. In addition, Dennis Schroder will now be counted on to lead this team. There’re too many unknowns right now. Expect the Hawks to fall out of the playoffs.

11. New York Knicks

Derrick Rose was right. The Knicks did form a “Super-Team”…… if the year was 2011. The Knicks should have an improved record now that there’s more talent surrounding Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis. It’s just the players they signed in Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, and Courtney Lee are injury prone or are already past their prime.

12. Milwaukee Bucks

I thought the Bucks would break out last year but they didn’t. They have youth, size, athleticism, and a good coach (so we think). They fooled me last year. Now I need to see the improvement to believe it.

13. Orlando Magic

The Magic added size and athleticism in the offseason. Bismack Biyombo and Serge Ibaka are good players; however, scoring is not their strong suit. Scoring for this team will be difficult.

14. Philadelphia 76ers

They went 10-72 last season and drafted the preseason favorite for rookie of the year in Ben Simmons. Can only go up from here, right?

15. Brooklyn Nets

Close your eyes Nets’ fans.

Wizards vs Bulls Recap: Wizards blow out Bulls 117-96, inch closer to the last playoff spot

Where was this team during the five-game losing streak?

John Wall notched his third triple-double of the season with 29 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds as the Wizards ran past the Bulls, 117-96. This was another blowout win against a team sitting right in front of them in the standings.

For the second game in a row, the Wizards jumped on the Bulls early, storming out to a 15-6 lead. Nene got the start for Gortat who experienced back pain during warm ups. Nene didn’t disappoint as he scored 12 points to go along with four rebounds in his starting role.

The Wizards used a 10-0 run to take a 30-16 lead late in the first quarter but the Bulls answered back. Doug McDermott scored 13 of his 20 points in the first half as the Bulls would regain the lead 34-32.

The Wizards ended the half on a on a 25-9 run led by Garrett Temple who connected on all five three-point attempts in the half as the Wizards led 63-52 at halftime.

The Wizards jumped on the Bulls again to start the second half with a quick 8-2 run. John Wall played a little antsy in the third quarter committing too many turnovers on forced passes as he could sense the triple-double coming, but got out of his funk in the closing minutes of the quarter to help the Wizards widen their lead.

The Wizards led 92-74 after three quarters and this game was all but over. Doug McDermott went on a 7-0 run by himself to cut the lead to 12, 101-89 midway through the fourth quarter but the Bulls wouldn’t get any closer as the Wizards went on to win 117-96.

John Wall triple-double: John Wall turned in another fantastic performance notching his third triple double of the season with 29 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds. Wall shot 11-19 from the field (2-3 from three-point range) and knocked down 5-6 free throws. Wall had an absurd +/- of +38 tonight in one of his best games of the year.

If we’re going to nitpick, John was loose with the ball in the second half. Wall committed eight turnovers, six of which coming in the second half. But the Wizards got the win and that’s all that matters.

Wizards get off to a fast start: During their five game losing streak and specifically during the tail end of the recent road swing, the Wizards were getting off to slow starts. They flipped the switch against Detroit the other night and also started tonight’s game fast.

The Wizards led 15-6 in the blink of an eye. Nene, Beal, and Morris were swinging the ball from side to side as four of the first five Wizards’ made baskets were assisted. The Wizards led 30-16 at one point in the first quarter but let the Bulls climb back in. The Wizards are a different ball club when they get out to a fast start versus when they dig themselves an early hole.

The Wizards jumped on the Bulls 8-2 to start the second half which gave them a comfortable cushion the rest of the game.

Wizards were on fire from three-point range: The Wizards were on fire from three-point range knocking down 8-10 shots from distance in the first half. Garrett Temple warped into Ray Allen tonight hitting his first five three-pointers off the bench. Morris and Porter joined the party knocking down threes of their own for the Wizards but Jared Dudley ruined the party going 0-2 from distance (kidding). The Wizards ended the night 13-21 (62 percent) from three-point range.