Wizards fade late, lose to the Bulls 115-114

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, left, goes to the basket against Chicago Bulls guard Shaquille Harrison, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, left, goes to the basket against Chicago Bulls guard Shaquille Harrison, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP/Nick Wass)
Chicago Bulls guard Walt Lemon Jr. (25) goes to the basket against Washington Wizards guard Chasson Randle (9), center Thomas Bryant (13) and forward Jabari Parker, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Washington. The Bulls won 115-114. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Chicago Bulls guard Walt Lemon Jr. (25) goes to the basket against Washington Wizards guard Chasson Randle (9), center Thomas Bryant (13) and forward Jabari Parker, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Washington. The Bulls won 115-114. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP/Nick Wass)
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) gestures after he made a three-point basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) gestures after he made a three-point basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP/Nick Wass)
Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant (13) dunks against Chicago Bulls forward Cristiano Felicio (6), guard Ryan Arcidiacono (51), and forward JaKarr Sampson, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Washington. The Bulls won 115-114. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant (13) dunks against Chicago Bulls forward Cristiano Felicio (6), guard Ryan Arcidiacono (51), and forward JaKarr Sampson, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Washington. The Bulls won 115-114. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP/Nick Wass)
Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant, top, changes on the rim after he dunked against Chicago Bulls guard Ryan Arcidiacono (51) and forward JaKarr Sampson (41) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Washington. The Bulls won 115-114. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant, top, changes on the rim after he dunked against Chicago Bulls guard Ryan Arcidiacono (51) and forward JaKarr Sampson (41) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Washington. The Bulls won 115-114. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP/Nick Wass)
Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks gestures during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Washington. The Bulls won 115-114. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks gestures during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Washington. The Bulls won 115-114. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP/Nick Wass)
Chicago Bulls head coach Jim Boylen gestures during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Washington. The Bulls won 115-114. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Chicago Bulls head coach Jim Boylen gestures during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Washington. The Bulls won 115-114. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP/Nick Wass)
Chicago Bulls forward Cristiano Felicio, back center, hugs guard Walt Lemon Jr. (25) after an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Washington. Also seen is Bulls guard Rawle Alkins at back left. The Bulls won 115-114. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Chicago Bulls forward Cristiano Felicio, back center, hugs guard Walt Lemon Jr. (25) after an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Washington. Also seen is Bulls guard Rawle Alkins at back left. The Bulls won 115-114. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP/Nick Wass)
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Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, left, goes to the basket against Chicago Bulls guard Shaquille Harrison, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Chicago Bulls guard Walt Lemon Jr. (25) goes to the basket against Washington Wizards guard Chasson Randle (9), center Thomas Bryant (13) and forward Jabari Parker, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Washington. The Bulls won 115-114. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) gestures after he made a three-point basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant (13) dunks against Chicago Bulls forward Cristiano Felicio (6), guard Ryan Arcidiacono (51), and forward JaKarr Sampson, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Washington. The Bulls won 115-114. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant, top, changes on the rim after he dunked against Chicago Bulls guard Ryan Arcidiacono (51) and forward JaKarr Sampson (41) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Washington. The Bulls won 115-114. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks gestures during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Washington. The Bulls won 115-114. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Chicago Bulls head coach Jim Boylen gestures during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Washington. The Bulls won 115-114. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Chicago Bulls forward Cristiano Felicio, back center, hugs guard Walt Lemon Jr. (25) after an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Washington. Also seen is Bulls guard Rawle Alkins at back left. The Bulls won 115-114. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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The Washington Wizards lost 115-114 to the Chicago Bulls in a neck-and-neck game on Wednesday night at Capital One Arena.

Chasson Randle gave the Wizards a 114-113 lead with 12.7 seconds remaining, but the 6-foot-1 point guard fouled Walter Lemon Jr. with just under two seconds left. Lemon’s two free throws proved to be the game-winning points. Jordan McRae’s shot at the buzzer came up short.

At the end of the day, the Wizards lost to a team with a hefty number of players labeled “inactive.” Bradley Beal only played for 22 minutes – his lowest amount since the end of November – as the team is out of the playoffs and without reason to keep their lone All-Star in the contest for too long.

Jabari Parker left midway through the gamewith a left knee sprain, putting a good load on the rest of his teammates. Trevor Ariza was out with a groin strain, while Jeff Green was out for rest.

And so, the Wizards lost by 1.

Bobby Portis and Thomas Bryant led the Wizards with 20 points each, and Beal chipped in with 19. Lemon led the Bulls in points (24) and assists (8), while JaKarr Sampson gave Chicago 18 points off the bench.

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