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Bulls Late Push Falls Short to Beal, Wizards, 105-101

The Bulls made it interesting but ultimately couldn't get the job done as they lost by 4 to the Wizards.
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The Summary

Zach LaVine missed a potential game-tying layup in the dying seconds as the Bulls trailed most of the game and lost to the Washington Wizards, 105-101.

Bradley Beal scored 35 points -- adding to his league-leading 33.2 PPG -- and added seven assists and five rebounds. Rui Hachimura put up double-double numbers, scoring 19 points and pulling down ten rebounds.

Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 35 points.

The Setup

The Bulls were looking to win their second game in a row as they came back from Orlando splitting a pair of games with the Magic, with the most recent contest ending in a 118-92 Bulls win where Zach LaVine went off for 39 points on 16/25 shooting.

LaVine, who ranks ninth in the NBA averaging 27.0 PPG, looked to lead the Bulls against the Wizards, a team who came into this one with a 5-15 record, a mark that is second-worst in the Eastern Conference. However, the Bulls were always going to need to pay extra attention to Bradley Beal, who leads the Wizards and the NBA with 33.2 PPG.

Russell Westbrook was missing for the Wizards while the Bulls added Lauri Markkanen to the injury list, joined by Wendell Carter Jr. and Chandler Hutchison (personal reasons) as the Bulls' absences.

Beal-ive In Bertans

While Bradley Beal is currently the NBA's leading scorer, many have questioned his offensive efficiency and his defensive attitude. Beal wasn't the most efficient shooting the ball in the first half, but he certainly was the main man for the Wizards as he scored or assisted on 18 of Washington's 24 points in the first quarter.

Beal ended up posting 13 points and six assists in the first half.

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Davis Bertans was another key contributor for the Wizards in the first half, shooting 4/8 from behind the three-point line as Washington led at the half, 58-48.

Coby Cold Again

For the second straight game, Coby White went scoreless in the first half. The second-year guard didn't get his first points of the game until he hit a mid-range jumper with just 0:46 remaining in the third quarter.

White finished with eight points and eight rebounds and will certainly need to get on the scoresheet more in the coming games.

Close But No Cigar

The second half was mainly a back-and-forth affair. Beal led the way for the Wizards, scoring 22 of his 35 points in the second half.

The Bulls' interior defense struggled mightily thanks to Carter Jr.'s absence and Daniel Gafford being in foul trouble all night. The Bulls ended up being outscored by the Wizards in the paint 54-40.

But all that being said, the Bulls continued to battle. LaVine scored 12 of his points in the third quarter to keep the Bulls in it, and a 7-0 run in the middle of the fourth quarter cut the Wizards' lead to two points.

Coby White made it just a one-point game with 0:29 remaining. Bradley Beal drew a foul on the Wizards' next possession but missed one of his free throws, giving the Bulls a shot to tie or win the game. But LaVine missed a layup that would have evened the score and the Bulls ultimately lost by four points.

What's On Tap Next

The Bulls (9-14) host the Pelicans (10-12) at the United Center on Wednesday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM CT. As always, you can catch the game on NBC Sports Chicago.

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