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Bulls Winning Streak Jumps to 9 with Victory Over Wizards

It was the Bulls' 26th win on the season, their ninth in a row, and Billy Donovan's 300th win in the NBA. Suffice it to say, it was a good night.
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The Chicago Bulls have consistently been one of the best teams in the NBA this season. Even so, many sports outlets and fans alike have been sleeping on the team. Well, winning nine straight games is one way to wake people up. That's exactly what Zach LaVine and the Bulls did on Friday night, taking down the Washington Wizards 130-122.

The Set Up

Obviously, to win nine straight games, a team has to win eight straight before that (the more you know, friends). The Bulls came into Friday night riding that eight-game win streak on the back of DeMar DeRozan and his fourth-quarter heroics. Over the last three games of the streak, the Bulls won by a combined seven points. Winning, of course, commands respect.

However, naysayers will always be quick to point out quality of opponents and margin of victory.

The Bulls were looking to make a statement against the Wizards after beating them by one on a DeMar DeRozan buzzer-beater on Jan. 1.

The Summary

As the game got started, it was clear it would not be a defensive showdown. Points piled up on both ends after both teams got started with, well, rough shooting nights. After a couple of airballs and bricks, both squads got back on track and started filling the basket. The Bulls got through the first quarter with a 37-32 lead.

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Throughout the evening, the Bulls would build up nice cushions in the score before the pesky Wizards, led by Bradley Beal's 26 points, would bring the game close again. It happened throughout the first half, and the Bulls went into halftime up 73-66. They seemed poised to separate as the second half got started.

Early in the third quarter, it seemed like the Wizards were starting to gain momentum. Washington even held the lead before some timely buckets by Lonzo Ball and the Bulls put Chicago back on top. At that point, the Bulls essentially ran with it and didn't look back.

While the final score of 130-122 seems kind of close, the Bulls had the game in the bag early in the fourth quarter. The Wizards scored 11 points in the last three minutes, mostly against the players at the end of the Bulls' bench. Chicago didn't score during that time. It was an outstanding win to keep the streak alive.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

The Bulls crushed this game as a unit. Their teamwork was phenomenal.

On the night, the Bulls had 34 assists, led by DeRozan's eight and Vucevic's seven. Chicago played unselfish basketball throughout, and that's what really made the difference in this game. Throw in a ton of fast-break points and points off turnovers, this team looks as dangerous as ever, and they aren't even at full strength.

It was the Bulls' 26th win on the season, their ninth in a row, and Billy Donovan's 300th win in the NBA. Suffice it to say, it was a good night.

What's On Tap Next?

Next up, the Bulls will visit the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday at 6:30 PM CST. The Mavericks are dealing with their own slew of injuries and players out due to COVID, but this is not a team to take lightly. Stick with us as we see if the Bulls can extend their winning streak to 10.