Wizards beat Bulls 134-125 in 1st meeting since trade
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 10, 2019 12:35 PM
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) shoots against Chicago Bulls guard/forward Wayne Selden Jr. (14) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
By Jay Cohen, Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 31 points to help the Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 134-125 on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) in the first meeting between the teams since they swapped three forwards in a multiplayer trade.
The Wizards got Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis and a protected 2023 second-round pick from the Bulls on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) for Otto Porter Jr. Parker scored 20 points and Portis had 10 points and 12 rebounds against their former team, helping Washington to a 64-38 advantage in bench points.
Parker and Portis hugged after they were pulled from the game in the final minute.
Washington shot 58 percent (55-for-95) from the field and placed seven players in double figures in the opener of a four-game road trip. Chasson Randle also scored 20 points, and Trevor Ariza finished with 19.
Zach LaVine scored 26 points for Chicago, which kicked off a three-game homestand with its seventh loss in nine games. Lauri Markkanen had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Porter finished with 17 points on 6-for-15 shooting.
The Bulls trailed by 17 early in the second half, but Ryan Arcidiacono made two foul shots to trim Washington's lead to 108-102 with 10:57 left in the fourth. But the Wizards responded with a 12-2 run.
Parker opened the sequence with a driving dunk and Randle made a three-pointer to make it 120-104 with 6:10 remaining.
Wizards: F Jeff Green departed in the first half with left hip tightness.
Bulls: C Robin Lopez was assessed a flagrant foul for pushing Thomas Bryant while going for a rebound with 8.2 seconds left in the first half.
Wizards: Visit the Detroit Pistons on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). They split their first two matchups of the season.
Bulls: Host Milwaukee on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). The Bucks have won the last four games in the series.