NBA: White, Bulls defeat Wizards despite 53 points from Beal

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Posted at Feb 24 2020 11:16 AM

NBA: White, Bulls defeat Wizards despite 53 points from Beal 1
Chicago Bulls guard Coby White (0) goes to the basket against the Washington Wizards during the first half at United Center. Kamil Krzaczynski, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.

Coby White scored 33 points off the bench, Zach LaVine added 32 points, and the Chicago Bulls pulled away for a 126-117 win over the visiting Washington Wizards on Sunday night.

Thaddeus Young finished with 25 points for the Bulls, who snapped an eight-game losing streak. Tomas Satoransky posted a double-double against his former team with 15 points and 13 assists.

Bradley Beal scored a career-high 53 points in a losing effort for the Wizards, who have lost back-to-back games. Beal shot 15 of 27 from the field, 5 of 11 from beyond the arc and 18 of 20 from the free throw line.

Both teams made more than half of their shots from the field. Chicago shot 55.6 percent (45 of 81) overall and 48.6 percent (18 of 37) from 3-point range, and Washington shot 50.7 percent (37 of 73) from the field and 40 percent (12 of 30) from deep.

Washington opened the fourth quarter on a 20-11 run to close the gap to 112-105 with 6:08 remaining. But Satoransky made a 3-pointer to provide some breathing room at 115-105 with 5:46 left.

The Bulls pushed the lead to 15 points on a 3-pointer by LaVine with 2:45 remaining and held on the rest of the way.

Chicago entered the fourth quarter with a 101-85 lead.

The Wizards went on a 17-5 run midway through the third quarter to slice the deficit to 88-75. Beal capped the run with a 3-pointer off an assist from Ish Smith.

A 10-0 run to start the third quarter gave Chicago its largest lead of the night at 25 points. LaVine scored the first seven points during the run with a pair of 3-pointers and a free throw.

The Bulls jumped to a 73-58 halftime lead. It marked their highest-scoring first half since April 14, 2008, when they led 81-71 against the Milwaukee Bucks at the break.

Washington opened the game with a 15-8 run, which included two 3-pointers and a layup from Beal. The Bulls closed the first quarter with a 27-16 advantage to grab a four-point lead.

In the second quarter, the Bulls outscored the Wizards 38-27 to extend their lead to 15 points.

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