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Bulls edge Wizards 115-114 on Lemon's late free throws

WASHINGTON (AP) Walt Lemon Jr. has seen much of the world during his professional basketball career. It has taken him to Hungary, Germany, Turkey, Greece and to the G League.

And, the NBA.

In just his eighth game in the league - and third with the Bulls - he scored a career-high 24 points, including two free throws with 1.8 seconds to play, to help Chicago snap a five-game losing streak with a 115-114 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.

''Nobody really expected me to be here, and the fact that the Bulls gave me the opportunity to play, let alone giving me the chance to win an NBA game, is - I can't ask for more, man,'' said Lemon, who played in five games with New Orleans last season.

Lemon was one of seven Bulls in double figures in the matchup of teams whose seasons will end without a playoff appearance.

''I love guys that get opportunities and they take advantage of them,'' Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. ''He was a handful. We couldn't stay in front of him.''

JaKarr Sampson added 18 points for Chicago.

Thomas Bryant scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Washington. Bobby Portis had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Bradley Beal added 19 points.

The Wizards played their first game since Ernie Grunfeld was fired as team president after 16 seasons on Tuesday.

Chicago trailed by as many as eight in the fourth quarter, but took a 113-112 lead on Lemon's layup with 30 seconds to play. Chasson Randle hit two free throws with 12.7 seconds to play to give Washington a 114-113 lead.

TIP-INS

Bulls: G Kris Dunn (back) was out for the fifth straight game. Coach Jim Boylen hopes Dunn can stay healthy for the 2019-20 season. ''Next year starts today,'' Boylen has told Dunn and the other players. ''It doesn't start next year.'' ... F Otto Porter has been out for eight straight games with a strained right rotator cuff. It was the first time Porter, who was traded from Washington, had returned since the Feb. 6 trade. A video tribute was played in the first quarter.

Wizards: Beal became the first player in franchise history with 2,000 points, 400 rebounds and 400 assists in a season. ... F Jabari Parker strained his left knee in the second quarter and did not return. ... Brooks said that hearing Grunfeld had been fired was difficult. ''I don't take lightly somebody losing their job,'' Brooks said. ''You understand that, and you move on. That's what we have to do.'' ... F Jeff Green did not play for the third straight game. ''There's only so many minutes you can give guys and Jeff has had a good year for us,'' Brooks said. ''I want to see a few other guys. ... He's going to play another game or two.''

LATE ON THE COURT:

The Wizards took advantage of Chicago's Cristiano Felicio's absence on the sequence that led to Randle's two free throws.

''He asked one of our coaches if we had a foul to give, and they just started without him,'' Boylen said. ''I'd never seen that before. I think they thought all 10 guys were out there, and they weren't.''

BEAL WANTS TO PLAY:

Beal played the entire first quarter, nearly all of the third quarter, but didn't play in the second and fourth quarters.

''Guys are playing minutes that we have to make decisions on,'' Brooks said.

Beal said he'd like to play the remaining three games to play the entire schedule.

''I made my decision,'' Beal said. ''I'll finish out all 82.''

UP NEXT

Bulls: Host the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday

Wizards: Host the San Antonio Spurs on Friday.

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Key Players
J. Sampson
41 SF
B. Beal
3 SG
37.6 Min. Per Game 37.6
26.0 Pts. Per Game 26.0
5.5 Ast. Per Game 5.5
5.1 Reb. Per Game 5.1
66.7 Field Goal % 47.6
83.3 Three Point % 47.5
90.0 Free Throw % 80.6
+ 1 Walter Lemon Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:01
+ 1 Walter Lemon Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 0:01
  Personal foul on Jordan McRae 0:06
+ 1 Chasson Randle made 1st of 2 free throws 0:12
  Shooting foul on Shaquille Harrison 0:12
  WAS team rebound 0:14
  Jordan McRae missed jump shot, blocked by Shaquille Harrison 0:14
+ 2 Walter Lemon Jr. made driving layup 0:30
  Defensive rebound by Walter Lemon Jr. 0:38
+ 2 Shaquille Harrison made driving layup 0:55
  WAS team rebound 1:22
Team Stats
Points 115 114
Field Goals 48-90 (53.3%) 45-97 (46.4%)
3-Pointers 5-19 (26.3%) 5-27 (18.5%)
Free Throws 14-17 (82.4%) 19-26 (73.1%)
Total Rebounds 55 49
Offensive 9 9
Defensive 40 30
Team 6 10
Assists 22 24
Steals 7 8
Blocks 5 9
Turnovers 20 12
Fouls 23 18
Technicals 1 0
24 PTS, 3 REB, 8 AST
20 PTS, 12 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Bulls 22-57 26302732115
home team logo Wizards 32-47 28293027114
Team Stats
away team logo Bulls 22-57 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Wizards 32-47 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
W. Lemon Jr. PG PPG RPG APG FG%
T. Bryant C 10.5 PPG 6.3 RPG 1.3 APG 61.6 FG%
Top Scorers
W. Lemon Jr. PG 24 PTS 3 REB 8 AST
T. Bryant C 20 PTS 12 REB 5 AST
53.3 FG% 46.4
26.3 3PT FG% 18.5
82.4 FT% 73.1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
W. Lemon Jr. 24 3 8 11/16 0/0 2/2 2 28 2 0 4 0 3 +4 41
S. Harrison 15 4 1 7/13 1/2 0/0 5 33 2 2 1 1 3 +3 24
R. Lopez 12 5 0 5/7 0/0 2/2 0 24 0 2 3 2 3 +2 16
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot 11 5 1 4/10 1/5 2/2 2 25 0 1 2 0 5 -3 17
W. Selden Jr. 4 5 1 2/7 0/2 0/0 4 16 0 0 1 1 4 -12 10
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
W. Lemon Jr. 24 3 8 11/16 0/0 2/2 2 28 2 0 4 0 3 +4 41
S. Harrison 15 4 1 7/13 1/2 0/0 5 33 2 2 1 1 3 +3 24
R. Lopez 12 5 0 5/7 0/0 2/2 0 24 0 2 3 2 3 +2 16
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot 11 5 1 4/10 1/5 2/2 2 25 0 1 2 0 5 -3 17
W. Selden Jr. 4 5 1 2/7 0/2 0/0 4 16 0 0 1 1 4 -12 10
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Sampson 18 9 2 6/11 2/2 4/4 4 29 2 0 2 3 6 +11 31
R. Arcidiacono 11 5 4 5/8 0/2 1/1 1 19 0 0 2 1 4 -3 22
R. Alkins 11 5 3 4/9 1/4 2/4 2 26 0 0 2 0 5 +3 20
C. Felicio 5 7 1 2/4 0/0 1/2 1 23 1 0 2 1 6 -1 13
B. Sampson 4 1 1 2/5 0/2 0/0 2 13 0 0 1 0 1 +1 6
D. Valentine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Dunn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Porter Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. LaVine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Blakeney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Markkanen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Carter Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Hutchison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 115 49 22 48/90 5/19 14/17 23 236 7 5 20 9 40 +5 200
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Portis 20 10 1 9/18 1/4 1/1 3 24 2 2 1 5 5 +5 35
T. Bryant 20 12 5 8/11 0/1 4/6 3 38 0 2 1 2 10 -5 43
B. Beal 19 4 2 9/18 1/4 0/1 0 22 1 2 1 0 4 +5 29
T. Satoransky 8 3 4 2/8 1/3 3/4 1 25 1 0 3 1 2 -1 17
T. Brown Jr. 6 2 2 2/7 0/3 2/2 1 35 1 0 1 0 2 -9 12
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Portis 20 10 1 9/18 1/4 1/1 3 24 2 2 1 5 5 +5 35
T. Bryant 20 12 5 8/11 0/1 4/6 3 38 0 2 1 2 10 -5 43
B. Beal 19 4 2 9/18 1/4 0/1 0 22 1 2 1 0 4 +5 29
T. Satoransky 8 3 4 2/8 1/3 3/4 1 25 1 0 3 1 2 -1 17
T. Brown Jr. 6 2 2 2/7 0/3 2/2 1 35 1 0 1 0 2 -9 12
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
S. Dekker 14 2 1 5/12 1/3 3/3 3 30 0 0 1 1 1 +3 17
J. McRae 14 0 5 6/11 0/4 2/4 4 28 3 1 2 0 0 +2 26
C. Randle 11 2 3 4/7 1/3 2/3 2 23 0 1 0 0 2 -6 20
J. Parker 2 4 1 0/5 0/2 2/2 1 11 0 1 2 0 4 +1 7
J. Green - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wall - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ariza - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Howard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Mahinmi - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 114 39 24 45/97 5/27 19/26 18 236 8 9 12 9 30 -5 206