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The Chicago Bulls entered Wednesday's game against the Washington Wizards hoping to do two things: not give up 60 points in the first half and take advantage of a Bradley Beal-less Wizards team.

They did both. Chicago won a nail-biter against Washington, 115-111. After the game, DeMar DeRozan spoke about how important it was for the Bulls' "big three" to step up and secure a win at the United Center.

"It's definitely been a conversation of late," DeRozan said on the NBC Sports Chicago broadcast. "Our teammates have been encouraging us to do that as well. They've kind of been on us, telling us three to carry this thing, and they're going to follow behind us."

And they did exactly that. DeRozan ended the night with 27 points and scored 15 of those in the fourth quarter. Nikola Vucevic had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Zach LaVine chimed in with 25 points, shooting 8-19 from the field and knocking down five of his nine 3-point attempts.

Collectively, the Bulls shot 50 percent from the field and 43.5 percent from behind the arc. Additionally, Chicago out-rebounded Washington, had more points off of turnovers, and displayed better ball movement.

A Different Script

Dec 7, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) is congratulated by center Nikola Vucevic (9) after scoring against the Washington Wizards during the first half at United Center.

It all started in the first half when the Bulls kept the Wizards in check, allowing only 49 points by halftime. This was crucial because in the majority of the Bulls' losses this season, they've allowed their opponents to score 60-plus points at the half, finding themselves trying to claw back into the game.

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That was not the case for the Bulls at the half. They led 52-49 and played a tight contest through the final minutes of the game. Washington had the lead going into the fourth quarter and continued to trade baskets with Chicago.

Zach LaVine knocked down a 27-foot three-ball to tie the game at 96 with just over five and a half minutes left in the game. Both teams continued to trade baskets and it was tied at 104 going down to the wire. But the Bulls didn't get rattled.

Nikola Vucevic helped Chicago take the lead with 2:50 left, and he then blocked a shot that led to a jumper by DeMar DeRozan. The Wizards had a chance to get back in the game, but Kristaps Porzingis missed a three-pointer. On the other end, DeRozan completed the three-point play to put the Bulls ahead 111-105 with 1:43 left. The Bulls held on to snap a three-game losing streak.

After the game, Bulls' head coach Billy Donovan discussed the production from his top players.

“Vucevic, I thought really played a great game tonight from start to finish," Donavan said. "He was really efficient. I thought he had everything going. He posted up, hit some midrange, and obviously, he hit some 3s. I give DeMar and Zach a lot of credit because they struggled to shoot the ball at the level they are normally used to, accustomed to shooting the basketball."

What's On Tap Next?

The Chicago Bulls will have a few days off before hosting the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs are 5-5 in their last 10 games and are currently on a three-game winning streak. Saturday's game will tip off at 7 PM CT and air on NBC Sports Chicago.

Tune in to the Bulls On Tap podcast for postgame reaction and further Bulls commentary all season.