National Basketball Association
Chicago 115, Washington 114
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia
#31 Scott Wall, #66 Haywoode Workman, #49 Tom Washington
Walt Lemon Jr. scored a game-high 24 points, and the last two came on free throws with 1.8 seconds left that gave the visiting Chicago Bulls a 115-114 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.
The win snapped a five-game Chicago losing streak. The Bulls have had a tough time in the last several games as they were again missing some of their top scorers due to injuries -- Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, Otto Porter Jr. and Kris Dunn all were out again and each has missed at least four straight games.
Lemon pushed the Bulls in the fourth quarter as they kept stopping the Wizards from pulling away. Chasson Randle made two free throws that gave Washington a one-point lead with 12.7 seconds left before Lemon stepped up.
He tried to drive into the lane and got fouled. The guard sank both free throws, and Washington's Jordan McRae missed a 3-pointer as time ran out.
Overall, the Bulls had seven players in double figures. JaKarr Sampson finished behind Lemon with 18 points.
Thomas Bryant and Bobby Portis both led Washington with 20 points.
This was a battle between two teams out of the playoff race, but both Chicago and Washington played hard as the game swung back and forth.
The game stayed close throughout the first half. Washington was up by two at the end of the first quarter and held on for a 57-56 lead at halftime.
The Wizards appeared to be taking charge when a Bryant free throw gave them a 70-63 lead just over four minutes into the third quarter. But Chicago then scored 11 straight points, capped by a Lemon lay-up.
Washington then bounced back and a lay-up from Portis late in the third quarter gave the Wizards an 87-83 edge heading into the fourth period.
The Wizards tried to take over again early in the fourth when McRae's jumper gave them a 93-85 lead. However, the Bulls fought back once more and pulled close, which set up the final minutes.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Walter Lemon Jr. 24
Thomas Bryant 20
Walter Lemon Jr. 8
Thomas Bryant 5
JaKarr Sampson 9
Thomas Bryant 12
JaKarr Sampson 4
||Free Throws Made
Thomas Bryant 4
Shaquille Harrison 2
Jordan McRae 3
Shaquille Harrison 2
Bradley Beal 2
Team Stats Summary
Washington will play their next game at home against San Antonio. The Wizards have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .457 after a loss.
Chicago will play their next game at home against Philadelphia. The Bulls have a W/L % of .238 after a win and .293 after a loss.