The Bulls took care of business against another bum team on Wednesday night, beating the Wizards 115-106 thanks to a fourth-quarter surge. Unfortunately, the Bulls also lost Daniel Gafford and Chandler Hutchison to injuries on the night, which resulted in some funky rotations.
The Bulls lost Gafford just over a minute into the game, and he’s going to miss 2-4 weeks with a dislocated thumb. Hutchison actually scored 11 points in 12 minutes before aggravating the shoulder injury that had recently kept him out for a while. He’ll be evaluated on Thursday.
As for the game itself, the Bulls trailed by five points at halftime before going on a 22-6 run to start the third quarter, and it looked like they may run away with it. The Wizards hung around, though, and they even went up by four points early in the fourth quarter. But reminiscent to the first matchup, the Wizards went into full meltdown mode, managing just four points over the next eight-plus minutes as the Bulls took full control of the game.
Zach LaVine put the nails in the coffin with a string of jumpers, helping him get to 30 points on the game on 12-of-21 shooting overall and 6-of-11 from 3. He added seven rebounds and seven assists in a terrific all-around performance, outplaying Bradley Beal by a semi-sizable margin.
The Bulls had seven players score in double figures in a 50.6% shooting night against the pathetic Wizards defense. Chicago also scored 26 points off 17 Wizards turnovers. Thaddeus Young and Tomas Satoransky had 18 points apiece, with Young hitting a pair of big 3s in the fourth quarter when it looked like the wheels were about to fall off. Coby White and Luke Kornet both scored 10 points off the bench as the Bulls racked up 50 bench points. Kornet actually played a game-high 35 minutes due to the center injuries (he was somehow a plus-18!), and Cristiano Felicio even got seven minutes of action.
Unfortunately for Denzel Valentine, he was the only Bull who dressed but didn’t play. Jimbo’s doghouse is lonely.
The Bulls are now 15-27 and have a back-to-back this weekend, with a trip to Philly first up on Friday and then a home game against the lowly Cavaliers.