The Washington Wizards played a winnable game on Tuesday night against the Chicago Bulls at Capital One Arena. Here’s in-depth notes for the entire game.
The Washington Wizards showed up from the jump in a game that has potential playoff indications, and they couldn’t have asked for a weaker opponent. The Chicago Bulls are a hot mess, y’all. Gone are the 90’s when the Michael Jordan Bulls dominated game after game, or even the Derrick Rose-led 2010’s.
The Wizards started Tuesday night’s tilt just a half game ahead of the lowly Bulls, both teams within four games of the 8th seeded Orlando Magic. It was a big opportunity for the Wizards to improve their chances of getting their young core a look at some postseason play, which may be one of the best outcomes we can hope for.
The game was far from a pretty one to watch for anyone who is a fan of defense, but the Washington Wizards had just enough firepower to get it done on offense, posting 126 points by the end of the game. Despite their best efforts to blow a big lead in the 4th quarter, the Wizards held on and remained ahead of the Chicago Bulls in the eastern conference standings.
There were some nice showings from players like Rui Hachimura and Ish Smith, and some not so great showings from guys like Troy Brown and a slightly underwhelming Moritz Wagner. But through it all, the Wizards played good enough basketball to snare the win and propel themselves to 19-33 on the season.
Here’s some quarter-by-quarter notes that break down exactly what happened to lead to the end result.