DeMar Dagger Part II Lifts Chicago Bulls over Washington Wizards in Dramatic Fashion

You can’t make up these things.

For the second time in just over 24 hours, a DeMar DeRozan bucket drove the Chicago Bulls to victory at the moment of the siren. This time around, it was DeRozan who hit a highly contested 3-point play goal from the corner to give the Bulls a 120-119 win in a match where they barely had the lead.

According to a tweet posted by Basketball Reference, DeRozan is the first player in NBA history to hit a winning buzzer-beater on consecutive days.

DeRozan finished with 28 points, nine rebounds and five assists and his accomplice Zach LaVine scored 35 points. The Bulls offense wasn’t great in the first half and LaVine brought them really early. The Bulls remained at a disadvantage for most of the match, but the key was that they stayed and never allowed the Wizards to amass too large an advantage.

They eventually equalized with just over two minutes left when Vucevic picked up a missed free throw from DeRozan and turned into his e-1 opportunity. After the Wizards scored on the next possession to take the lead, the Bulls effectively took the lead with a 3-point field goal from Zach LaVine.

On subsequent possession, Coby White was called for a blocking foul on Bradley Beal which was confirmed at the time of review. Beal scored both free throws to once again give the Wizards a point ahead. On the next possession, DeMar DeRozan misses a mid-range shot that he normally always makes.

Zach LaVine stunned with an emphatic block from behind on the next possession to keep the Wizards from regaining the lead. After the Wizards denied LaVine’s mini counter-attack on the other side, snatching him from Zach’s hands, DeRozan was fouled on a play on the pitch. The game was revised and DeMar DeRozan ended up hitting both free throws.

Kuzma had been hot all night but missed a long 3-point field goal that kept the Bulls 117-116 lead. The Bulls failed to convert to the other side, giving the Wizards another opportunity to claim victory in this match.

This time Kuzma hit an even longer triple to give them a 119-117 lead. But the excitement of that shot quickly faded when DeRozan hit an even larger one seconds later.

Call it a New Years hangover, a trap game or whatever, but the Bulls made this game against the Wizards a lot more difficult than it needed to be.

It’s hard to win when in the third quarter there are only 4:20 to the end of the third quarter for someone on the bench to score, but that’s exactly what the Bulls did. Sure, they still have a lot of their key guys out not helping the bench production, but the Bulls still only got six points off the whole bench tonight.

The Bulls also only had 30 points in the paint for the entire match against the Wizards 72, but were able to nullify them with 17 3-point goals.

Thankfully, there are no asterisks or style points when it comes to NBA wins, and the Chicago Bulls are back in the winning column. In case you didn’t know, the Bulls have the best record in the Eastern Conference and have sounded the New Year in perhaps the most exciting way possible.

It’s a great time to be a Chicago Bulls fan.

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