WASHINGTON — Zach LaVine made two late free throws and the Chicago Bulls beat the Washington Wizards 133-130 in the NBA on Thursday night.
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The defeat was the fifth successive this season for the Wizards, who had the ball with 14.4 seconds left in the game and trailed 129-128.
However, Bradley Beal failed to convert from a layup and then fouled Otto Porter Jr., who went on to make both free throws to extend Washington’s lead to 131-128.
A pair of Russell Westbrook’s free throws made it a one-point game against with 6.6 seconds remaining before LaVine closed it out.
Porter Jr. finished with 28 points on 10 of 14 shooting, including 5 for 9 from 3-pointers to go with his 12 rebounds and three steals, while LaVine added 22 points, seven assists, and six rebounds for the Bulls (2-3), who were winning back-to-back games against the Wizards.
Chicago had won its first game of the season with a 115-107 victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night.
Coby White added 16 points, 10 assists, and six rebounds, Wendell Carter Jr. scored 16 points on 7 of 11 shooting, while Thaddeus Young and Daniel Gafford scored 15 each for Chicago, which was without Lauri Markkanen, Chandler Hutchison, and Ryan Arcidiacano.
Thomas Bryant led the winless Wizards with 28 points on 10 of 11 shooting with 3 for 3 from 3-pointers.
Beal ended with 28 points and Westbrook finished with his fourth straight triple-double in his four games with 22 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds in the defeat for Washington, which shot 50.0% (42-84) from the field and went 14 for 29 from deep for 48.2%.
It is the worst start to a season by the Wizards since 2012-13 campaign when the team went 0-12.
Bulls: Visit the Bucks on Friday.
Wizards: Begin a four-game road trip at Minnesota on Friday.
Inactive: Bulls – Arcidiacono (Not With Team ), Hutchison (Not With Team), Markkanen (Not With Team ), Satoransky (Not With Team )
Inactive: Wizards – Pasecniks, Winston (G League – Two-Way)