LaVine scores 35, but Bulls lose to Wizards 105-101 (Chicago, IL) – Zach LaVine continued his strong play Monday night as Chicago hosted the Washington Wizards. LaVine scored 35 points, and registered his tenth 30 point game of the season, but it wasn’t enough as Chicago fell to the Wizards 105-101.
Down five to start the fourth quarter, Chicago went on a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to 2 after Denzel Valentine knocked down his third three point field goal of the half with six minutes left in the game. Bradley Beal answered with a nice drive to the rim to push the lead back to five.
Chicago struggles continue in close game
Down the stretch the Bulls were trailing by three points with about thirty seconds left when Bulls coach Billy Donovan drew up a nice play out of a timeout for guard Coby White. White inbounded the ball to Thaddeus Young who gave it right back to White who then drove to the rim and floated in a basket to cut the lead to one. Bradley Beal was fouled on the next possession driving to the basket, but would split a pair of free throws. Washington led by two with nine seconds left. LaVine had a wide open lane to the basket to tie the game but missed a contested layup. He felt he was fouled on the play but no whistle was blown, and Washington went on to win the game.
Thaddeus Young continued his solid play off the bench with 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists. Denzel Valentine added 11 points and 6 rebounds.
Bradley Beal led Washington with 35 and Rui Hachimura had a strong game for Washington with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Chicago has been hit with the injury bug as several players were out tonight. Lauri Markkanen is out 2-4 weeks with a shoulder sprain. Wendell Carter will also be out at least 4 weeks with a quad contusion, and Otto Porter will be sidelined a week or so with a back injury.
For Washington Raul Neto was out with groin tightness. Russell Westbrook did not play due to rest on the second night of a back to back.
Chicago (9-14) will host the New Orleans Pelicans (10-12) Wednesday as Zion Williamson and company come to town.
Washington (6-15) will host the Toronto Raptors (11-13) Wednesday.
LaVine scores 35, but Bulls lose to Wizards 105-101