The Chicago Bulls had the late lead even without their main guns Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade. But the Washington Wizards stole the win Tuesday night thanks to two clutch baskets from star John Wall.
The Wizards beat the Bulls in a close one, 101-99 for their third straight win. The Bulls have lost back-to-back games and in this one Rajon Rondo played despite the controversy surrounding the team.
Clutch John Wall in the end game
Wall had 26 points on 11-of-21 shooting but none more important than the final two baskets that included the game-winner with five seconds to go in the game. Wall also had 14 assists and 5 rebounds.
Rondo came off the bench to play 27 minutes. The controversial guard had 12 points, 6 assists and 3 steals but word out of Chicago is that he is still not seeing eye-to-eye with head coach Fred Hoiberg.
Without Butler and Wade, Denzel Valentine showed what he can do with 19 points off the bench. Robin Lopez and Michael Carter-Williams added 14 points each while Taj Gibson had a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Wall had lots of help in this win with all starters scoring in double-figures. Bradley Beal and Markieff Morris both had 19 points while Marcin Gortat finished with a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds.
The Wizards climbed to 19-18 for the season and in the East’s team standings. They are now tied for sixth place with the Milwaukee Bucks, winners over the San Antonio Spurs, also on Tuesday.
Chicago dropped to 19-20 and out of the playoff picture. The Bulls are struggling inside and outside the court with the Rondo controversy hounding the team all week long. There are rumors of a possible Rondo trade with the point guard’s issues with the coaching staff still present.
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