Despite five Wizards scoring in double figures for the second straight night, the Wizards fell 87-77, to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night in Chicago.
The Wizards opened the game shooting the ball well and led the Bulls, 26-22, after one quarter. They did so without Jordan Crawford, who missed the game with a sore ankle, and was added to an injury list that includes John Wall, Trevor Ariza, Trevor Booker, and A.J. Price. Even without them, the Wizards had a good rhythm to their offense early and were given eight first quarter points from Kevin Seraphin off the bench.
The Wizards offense hit their first lull in the second quarter which led to the Bulls opening up a six point halftime lead, 45-39. The Wiz then fell behind by double digits early in the second half, but like they have done for much of the season, they would battle back and make this a one possession game midway through the fourth quarter. The Wizards would reach 77 points with 4:47 left in the fourth when Nene sunk a free throw, but that would be the Wizards last points of the game as the Bulls defense was too much and led them to this win.
Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 14 points, while Emeka Okafor added 11 points and a season-high 18 rebounds. Kevin Seraphin led the bench with 12 points, while Martell Webster and Nene each finished with 10. Marco Belinelli led the Bulls with 17 points off the bench.
The Wizards will next play on New Years Day when they host the Dallas Mavericks at 6pm.