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Kyle Kuzma nearly put the Chicago Bulls away on Saturday night with a clutch shot in the final seconds.
But for the second straight night, DeMar DeRozan lifted the Bulls to a win with a buzzer-beater.
Derozan drilled a wild contested corner 3-pointer over a pair of defenders as time expired to give Chicago a 120-119 win over the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena.
DeRozan wins it at the buzzer! pic.twitter.com/e8B9rZIkZR
— Leigh Ellis (@LeighEllis) January 2, 2022
The Wizards led through most of the contest, but the Bulls finally tied things back up with just more than two minutes to go.
Then, with his team down by one, Kuzma hit a deep 3-pointer off a pass from Bradley Beal to put Washington up with less than four seconds to go.
Kuuuuuuz with the BIG bucket late 😮 pic.twitter.com/rLs0uvXH2x
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) January 2, 2022
Kuzma’s shot, however, came just a bit too soon.
Kuzma finished the night with a team-high 29 points and 12 rebounds while shooting 12-of-18 from the field. Beal added 27 points with 17 assists in the loss, which marked the Wizards’ third in four games.
Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 35 points and five rebounds while shooting 7-of-12 from behind the arc. DeRozan finished with 28 points and nine rebounds, and shot just 1-of-1 from the 3-point line. Nikola Vucevic added 22 points and 12 rebounds, and Coby White dropped 20 points.
DeRozan’s buzzer-beater marks his second in two nights. He hit a wild one-legged 3-pointer as time expired on Friday to give the Bulls the 108-106 win over the Indiana Pacers.
DeRozan is now the first player in NBA history to ever hit a game-winning buzzer-beater in consecutive days. Larry Bird did it in consecutive games in 1985, however there was a day between the two contests, per Basketball Reference.
"I don't know if I'm dreaming, if it's real right now," DeRozan said, via the Chicago Tribune's Julia Poe.
The Bulls, who now hold the best record in the Eastern Conference, have won seven in a row.