Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE
The Wizards had a balanced scoring attack, but they did not have any single player step up for a big game.
The Washington Wizards had five players score in double figures on Saturday night, but it was not enough as Washington fell 87-77 to the Chicago Bulls. The Wizards were short-handed, as their leading scorer Jordan Crawford sat out due to a left ankle injury.
Neither team played particularly well, as both squads shot less than 40 percent from the field, but the Bulls were more successful from beyond the arc, making four more three-pointers than the Wizards. Washington was led by Bradley Beal, who scored 14 points, and the Bulls leading scorer was Marco Belinelli, who came off the bench to score 17 points.
The second quarter was when Chicago started to pull away from Washington, as the Bulls outscored the Wizards by 10 points and held a six-point halftime lead. The Wizards were always playing catchup in the second half to the Bulls. In the third quarter, the Bulls would go up by double-digits, and the Wizards were able to chip into the lead, but Washington just couldn't do enough to pull ahead.
The Wizards did manage to make it a 79-76 game on an Emeka Okafor bucket with 5:18 left in the fourth quarter, but that would be the final field goal that Washington would make the rest of the night.