For a week full of embarrassing return to D.C. Otto Porter's first game back in Washington was no exception.
Although Porter did not actually play, Chicago Bulls skeleton crew beat the wizards with a score of 115-114. Former G-League standout Walt Lemon was sublime for Bulls who scored a game of high 24 points on 11-of-16 shooting and hit two clutch free throws with 1.8 seconds left to reach the winning margin.
This was just a possession after Chasson Randle hit two free throws to put the winners forward on a game for which Chicago's Cristiano Felicio forgot he was in the game. No, this was not the most aesthetically pleasing affair.
Still, there were some positive things for Washington in the midst of a confusing loss. The spokesmen certainly did not try their best, as demonstrated by Scott Brooks resting Bradley Beal for the entire second and fourth quarters. Beal still took the first quarter to remind everyone how good he is: Wizards & # 39; All-Star scored 1
Thomas Bryant (20 and 12) and Bobby Portis (20 and 10) each had a double-double and a pair of ugly retracted jerks. Not surprisingly, Portis was on the point when he seemed to thrive on the extra motivation when playing his former team. For Bryant, it was encouraging to see him thank you for five assists, mainly because of some beautiful passers-by to open sliders and cutters out of the short role.
Troy Brown Jr. is definitely the subject of most Wizards fans at this time of the season, but it was a fairly indefinite affair for the beginner. The way Brown plays – so worried about getting the right basketball to play "get his" – makes him more inclined to these games, where he fades into the background. That's fine, and he still made time for one of his patented pick sixes.
In total, the game was among the more entertaining competitions you want to see between two minds. Washington and Chicago went back and forth throughout the game: Wizards won the first quarter with two points, lost the other one, won the third of three and lost the fourth of five. The only real negative part of the game was a potential knee injury to Jabari Parker. Parker didn't seem to be significantly injured, but he didn't return to the game – let's hope it was just an easy tweak.
With the loss, the guides 32-47 fall during the season. At the end of the game, the team is now sitting with Memphis and Dallas for the sixth point in the lottery drawing, although the two have five matches each back to the Wizards three. With only one week to play, it seems that the final lottery positioning comes right down to the lead.
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Next Up: Wizards (32-47) Will Be Hosted San Antonio Spurs (45-33) in DC this Friday at. 19.00 Eastern time.