By: Darrell Owens
Headline Photo Courtesy: Tommy Gilligan-USA Today
WASHINGTON D.C.-Friday night the Washington Wizards (1-0) hosted their first home game of the 2022-23 NBA season vs. the Chicago Bulls (1-0) at Capitol One Arena. The Wizards were fresh off of a season-opening win vs. the Pacers on Wednesday night and were looking to get off to a 2-0 start to the season. Great play from Bradley Beal and Kyle Kuzma helped the Wizards to the 114-107 over Indiana. Now Beal and the Wizards had a nice challenge on the hands against Chicago. The Bulls come into this game with a 3-game winning streak against the Wizards. Washington won their last game against the Bulls on February 8, 2021, and its last home victory vs. the Bulls came on February 11, 2020. Well, the Wizards’ four-game home losing streak to the Bulls would end Friday night.
The Washington Wizards squeaked by the Chicago Bulls 102–100 to move 2-0 on the season. It was a back-and-forth game until midway through the 2nd quarter, when the Wizards would take the lead and hold it until the final 31.4 seconds of the game. When Bulls guard DeMar DeRozan would tie the game at 100 with a running slam dunk. Bradley Beal would knock the game-winner floater with 7.4 seconds left in the game.
The Wizards Kyle Kuzma led the team with 26 points while picking up 6 rebounds. Bradley Beal had 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Kristaps Porzingis (14 Points) and Rui Hachimura (12 points) chipped in for the Wizards in the victory. DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points for the Bulls to lead all scorers in a losing effort. DeRozan had major help from Nikola Vucevic would drop 24 points and 8 rebounds.
Can Kyle Kuzma continue to impress? Kuzma is currently averaging 24 ppg & 9.5 RPG and things are looking up for the young Wizards star. We will find out on Sunday, Oct 23 at 7 pm from Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. As the Wizards head to Ohio to take on Donovan Mitchell and the Cleveland Cavaliers.