Behind John Wall’s third triple-double of the season Wednesday night, the Washington Wizards spanked the visiting Chicago Bulls 117-96.

Wall finished with 29 points, 12 assists, ten rebounds and a monster block on Jimmy Butler.

Doug McDermott paced the Bulls with 20 points off the bench.

Per the AP:

The week began with John Wall and the Washington Wizards on a five-game losing streak and facing a daunting margin just to reach the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. […] After a pair of victories by an average of 32 points over the two teams right ahead of them in the standings, the Wizards are in a far different place.

 

“We just couldn’t really get a stop tonight, so they got us,” said Doug McDermott, who led the Bulls with 20 points as a reserve. “We’ve got to come out with urgency. We didn’t do that tonight. That’s on us.”

 

“We put ourselves in this situation. And if we just keep playing defense this way, we give ourselves a great chance to beat anybody. Simple as that,” Wall said. “We simplified our defense the last two games, it showed up and it’s been a lot better.” […] In their previous outing, on Monday, the Wizards beat the visiting Detroit Pistons by 43 points. Detroit lost again Wednesday, 118-114 at Atlanta, meaning Washington is still 10th in the East but now sits only 1 1/2 games behind both the eighth-place Bulls and ninth-place Pistons.