CHICAGO — Bradley Beal scored 31 points to help the Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 134-125 on Saturday night in the first meeting between the teams since they swapped three forwards in a multiplayer trade.
The Wizards got Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis and a protected 2023 second-round pick from the Bulls on Wednesday for Otto Porter Jr. Parker scored 20 points and Portis had 10 points and 12 rebounds against their former team, helping Washington to a 64-38 advantage in bench points.
Parker and Portis hugged after they were pulled from the game in the final minute.
Washington shot 58 percent (55 for 95) from the field and placed seven players in double figures in the opener of a four-game road trip. Chassan Randle also scored 20 points, and Trevor Ariza finished with 19.
Zach LaVine scored 26 points for Chicago, which kicked off a three-game homestand with its seventh loss in nine games. Lauri Markkanen had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Porter finished with 17 points on 6-for-15 shooting.
The Bulls trailed by 17 early in the second half, but Ryan Arcidiacono made two foul shots to trim Washington’s lead to 108-102 with 10:57 left in the fourth. But the Wizards responded with a 12-2 run.
Parker opened the sequence with a driving dunk and Randle made a 3-pointer to make it 120-104 with 6:10 remaining.
Wizards: F Jeff Green departed in the first half with left hip tightness.
Bulls: C Robin Lopez was assessed a flagrant foul for pushing Thomas Bryant while going for a rebound with 8.2 seconds left in the first half.
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