Beal's 39 points lead Wizards to 114-110 win over Bulls
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 01, 2018 07:23 AM
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) drives to the basket between Chicago Bulls forwards Paul Zipser (16), from Germany, and Nikola Mirotic (44), from Montenegro, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
By Rich Dubroff, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 17 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Washington Wizards to a 114-110 win over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).
Beal scored 15 straight points for Washington in the fourth as the Wizards rallied from an eight-point deficit early in the period. He also had nine rebounds and tied a career-high with nine assists.
Nikola Mirotic scored 21 points to lead Chicago, which had won 10 of its previous 12. Kris Dunn had 19 points and 11 assists.
David Nwaba's two free throws with 1:26 to play gave Chicago a 108-107 lead, and Dunn hit a jumper with 54 seconds remaining.
John Wall's three-point play with 29.4 seconds left put the Wizards up 112-110. After Beal missed two free throws, Washington got the rebound and Wall added two free throws with 9.1 seconds to play.
Wall had 21 points, nine assists, six rebounds and four blocked shots.
The difference was three-point shooting. Washington was 16-for-36 (44.4 percent) while Chicago was 8-for-35 (22.9 percent). The Bulls missed 17-of-20 three-point attempts in the first half.
Bulls: Dunn returned after missing a game with left patella tendinitis. ... G Zach LaVine, who has yet to play this season following left knee surgery, is rehabbing for the next few days with G-League Windy City. Coach Fred Hoiberg said LaVine is essentially starting training camp. "If he does well through this stretch, we'll all get in a room and put a plan together as far as when we want to see him back on the floor," Hoiberg said.
Wizards: F Mike Scott returned after missing a game following the birth of his daughter. Scott scored 17 points. F Markieff Morris had a season-high 11 rebounds. Washington is now 10-10 against sub-.500 teams.
Bulls: Host the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time).
Wizards: Host the New York Knicks on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).