Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
The Washington Wizards closed out 2017 in dramatic fashion against the Chicago Bulls. For some fans, resolutions for 2018 could be Playoffs again, back to back wins and perhaps a little less worry in the final 20 seconds of the game. Well, at least one of those came true a little bit early today in a 114-110 victory over the Bulls.
The Bulls led 110-107 when Kris Dunn sank a midrange jumper with 54 seconds left. Bradley Beal quickly responded with a layup. After a Justin Holiday miss, Holiday fouled John Wall on a drive, and Wall’s three-point play pushed the Wizards ahead with 29.4 seconds left.
Dunn missed a good look on a midrange jumper that would have tied the score. The Bulls fouled Beal intentionally with 19 seconds left. He missed both free throws, but the Bulls couldn’t secure the rebound and had to foul Wall, who closed out the game with two free throws with 9.1 seconds left.
Bradley Beal had another All Star performance with 39 points, 9 assists and 9 points.
The biggest story of the night might have been the shooting of Mike Scott, who played in his first game back since the birth of his daughter, which forced him to miss the last game.
Scott hit for 17 points on the game and perhaps had the post game interview quote of the year on his play from the game when he dropped a S Bomb that had Wizards play by play looking a little stone faced on the Capitol One Arena big screen.
“These guys never give up and we played a team (Bulls) that has been solid the past month, said Wizards Head Coach Scott Brooks. We will take a little break and come back ready for the Knicks later this week.