DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 28 points, five of which came in the game’s final 36.4 seconds.
DeRozan’s 3-pointer as time expired extended the Bulls’ longest winning streak of the season and pushed his own run of consecutive games scoring at least 20 points to 11.
Since Dec. 19 – which marked both DeRozan’s first game back from a three-game absence due to COVID-19 health and safety protocol and the beginning of the Bulls’ win streak – he is averaging 28.5 points per game. His team-leading scoring average of 23.5 points per game is down from 31.3 a season ago when he was in the mix for the scoring title, but Thursday’s performance continued a run of four straight games recording at least 26 points. Montrezl Harrell, the Wizards’ second-leading scorer on the season at 14.5 points per game, entered protocol ahead of Washington’s Dec. 28 loss at Miami and hasn’t played since.