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Wizards rally but fall short to Bulls

July 11, 2017
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Hot starts have been hard to come by for the Wizards this year in the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League, and Tuesday was no different. The Bulls rebounded from a bad shooting night Monday and came out firing in the first quarter, jumping out to a 23-point lead by the nine-minute mark in the second en route to a 82-73 win.

On the night, Chicago hit 14 3-pointers (41.2 percent) to just five for the Wizards from long range. That didn't stop Washington from getting back in the game with a 9-0 run in the fourth powered by Marcus Keene (13 points on the night), but it did dig too deep a hole for the Wizards to climb out of as they fell to 0-3 for the Summer League. 

A look at a few notes from Tuesday evening in Las Vegas... 

Sheldon Mac continues to impress

After a tough start to the Summer League, Mac has turned it up a notch in the Wizards' last couple of games. He his best scoring outing of the week on Tuesday with 20 points to lead Washington, and he did it without hitting a 3-pointer on the night. Mac has great creativity when attacking the rim, and that was on display plenty throughout Tuesday's game. As expected, Mac his making himself a name to watch this Fall when training camp begins. 

Keene gets buckets

The Central Michigan product continued to make the most of his minutes Tuesday, scoring 13 points in 15 minutes and fueling a run that nearly helped the Wizards climb ahead in the fourth quarter. We knew he could score from his time in college as the NCAA's leading scorer in 2016-17, and he's proved that his size may not be a hinderance at the professional level, either. 

Ochefu consistent down low 

Daniel Ochefu spent all of last season with the Wizards, and he's clearly looked like a veteran so far in Vegas. Tuesday, he scored nine points and grabbed 10 rebounds. It's the product of adding a year's worth of coaching and work to an NBA-ready body, and something that the Wizards' staff is certainly happy to see from the athletic young big. 

Lineup changes

As is common during Summer League, Chad Iske switched up his lineup on Tuesday to include Maalik Wayns and familiar face Danuel House. In addition, Jalen Ross (2 points), Rayshawn Simmons (1 assists, 1 steal) and Jaleel Roberts (2 points) saw their first action of Summer League.