If you were to glance at the box score of this game minus the final score, you would assume that it was a close game. Heck, I would would too. Washington and Chicago were almost equally matched in many statistical categories. Field goal percentage, free throw percentage, assists, blocks, fast break points, and turnovers. But as you take a closer look at the box score, there are two statistics that jumps out at you.
The largest lead of the game was a 19 point lead for Chicago. The reason for that huge lead for Chicago was the 52 points they got from their second unit, led by Coby White (21 points) and Ayo Dosumu (18 points). In comparison, Washington got 29 points from their second unit. I do have to bring up that Washington was without Davis Bertans and Montrezl Harrell for Friday night’s game. Two guys who are important to Washington’s second unit offense. Not having those two guys hurt, and no one from the second unit for Washington was able to counter what White and Dosumu were doing for Chicago.
All five starters for Washington scored in double figures, and that kept the game from ending in a blowout. But this game came down to the battle of the second unit. Unfortunately for Washington, Chicago won that battle.
With a 130-122 loss to Chicago, Washington falls to 19-20 on the second and are now the 9th seed in the Eastern Conference.
Star of the Game
Coby White is the star of the game. In 31 minutes, White scored 21 points on an efficient 7 for 8 shooting. White knocked down all 4 of this three point attempts and made all 3 of his free throws.
Even in a loss, I don’t have a biggest concern for the Wizards that I can think of. In this game they were missing a few key players, and that proved to be too much to overcome. Especially against a team as deep and well balanced as the Bulls.
Number of the Night
45%. That what Chicago shot from the three point line. Chicago also shot 52.7 percent from the field and 90.5% from the free throw line. They had a 50,40,90 game. Which is impressive and just goes to show how lethal this team is.
The Wizards (19-20) travel to Orlando to take on the Magic (7-32) on Sunday, January 9th at 6:00pm Eastern Time.
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