The Chicago Bulls are 1-3 in their last four games. One of those losses came at the hands of the Washington Wizards. It was John Wall’s first time beating Derrick Rose in his career.
The Wizards came out with a balance scoring attack. Bradley Beal got it going early scoring seven points on 3-3 shooting. The Wizards did a good job of sharing the ball and getting to the free throw line. They were 7-8 from the line and they had seven assists.
The Chicago Bulls were led by Derrick Rose. He was aggressive and he knocked down his jump shot. He scored 17 points in the first quarter which ties a career high for first quarter points. He was 7-9 from the field but no shot was more impressive than his first quarter buzzer beater from half court.
The Wizards did a poor job of controlling the ball. They had four turnovers in the quarter. The Bulls did not get to the free throw line as much but they controlled the three point line. The Bulls were 5-7 from beyond the arc while the Wizards were only 1-4.
The Bulls were up 32-26 after the first quarter.
The beginning of the second quarter was led by the Bulls defense. They went on a 7-0 run to go up 11 points. Washington’s bench could not keep up with the Bulls bench.
Washington continued to turn the ball over. They had eight in the quarter. The starters had to come in earlier than expected. Despite the turnovers the Wizards kept the game close. Beal led the way for the Wizards with 11 points while John Wall chipped in with six points. The Wizards dominated the Bulls on the glass 24-15.
Derrick Rose got a good rest and returned with 5:35 left in the quarter. He scored just three points in the quarter. Pau Gasol struggled from the field only shooting 1-7 for three points. Joakim Noah rolled his ankle and limped off the floor at the end of the half.
The second quarter was low scoring for both teams as they scored 18 points apiece. The Bulls were up six points at the half.
After rolling his ankle Joakim Noah did not return for the 2nd half. Taj Gibson started in his place. The Bulls came out sluggish to start the quarter. They allowed the Wizards to go on a 13-2 run to take a four point lead.
The Wizards did a better job controlling the ball and committed one turnover in the quarter while forcing the Bulls into four turnovers.
Washington found their offensive touch scoring 32 points in the quarter. Marcin Gortat scored 10 points and Paul Piece added 11 for the quarter.
For the Bulls Derrick Rose continued to attack scoring seven points in the quarter but it was not enough as the Bulls went into the fourth quarter down 76-69. Washington is 23-0 when leading after 3 quarters, 7-0 on the road.
Washington’s bench did a better job in the fourth quarter. They defended and kept the lead until the starters came back in.
The Bulls bench tried their best to keep it close until Rose returned. They scored but could not get any stops. Washington’s defense did a great job of keeping the Bulls at bay.
John Wall got more aggressive in the fourth quarter. He took his first free throws of the game and he scored 10 points in the quarter. The Wizards defeated the Bulls 105-99.
Derrick Rose finished the game with a season high 32 points. He was 12-22 from the field and hit a career high 6 three pointers. Pau Gasol shot 4-11 from the field and finished with 13 points. Jimmy Butler continued his shooting slump, shooting 3-10 to finish with 13 points.
All five starters for the Wizards scored in double figures. Wall had 21 points and nine assists. Pierce had a team high 22 points.
This was the Bulls fifth consecutive home loss to the Washington Wizards.
Washington takes on the Brooklyn Nets at home on Friday night.
Chicago visits the Boston Celtics on Friday night.