WATCH: Kyle Kuzma drains go-ahead 3-pointer to cap Wizards comeback over Bulls

WATCH: Kyle Kuzma drains go-ahead 3-pointer to cap Wizards comeback over Bulls

WATCH: Kyle Kuzma drains go-ahead 3-pointer to cap Wizards comeback over Bulls

On a night when the Washington Wizards were missing their two top scorers in Bradley Beal and Kristaps Porzingis, it was Kyle Kuzma who played the hero to lift his team over the Chicago Bulls with his 3-point go-ahead in the final seconds to secure a 100-97 victory. It capped off a night Kuzma finished with 21 points, four rebounds and three assists while shooting 45% from the field.

With 12 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Kuzma used a Taj Gibson screen to put out Alex Caruso and created enough space to pull out a 3-point fadeaway that was perfectly on target to give the Wizards a 3. points. leads with 5.7 seconds left.

The 3-pointer was Kuzma’s only shot from deep on the night, as it was 0 for 3 ahead of the eventual winner. It also broke a scoring drought for the Wizards that lasted nearly four minutes, with Kuzma missing two of his previous 3-point attempts during that streak. It was a bold victory for the Wizards, who were down 13 points at halftime, but thanks to a 15-point third-quarter performance from Monte Morris early in the fourth quarter, the Wizards not only completely erased the deficit, but found themselves by seven points.

However, Chicago didn’t go quietly, as Zach LaVine tried to lead the Bulls to victory. It was LaVine’s 3-pointer with 30 seconds left that tied the game at 97 apiece, giving him 38 points on the night. But Kuzma surpassed LaVine’s efforts, helping the Wizards end a three-game losing streak.

Kuzma’s late-game heroism highlights the career year he has in Washington. The sixth-year forward is posting a career-high 21.3 points, to go along with 7.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists, and has become a vital part of the Wizards’ success. Although Washington is currently on the outside looking at the playoff picture, with one game separating them from the last playing spot, this team has shown that when healthy, they can be competitive.

Kuzma’s standout season moment presents an intriguing situation for the Wizards. As Kuzma heads into unrestricted free agency this summer, he’s likely to have offers from multiple contending teams looking to add his scoring and defensive versatility. It has already been reported that wizards regard Kuzma as a “corner stonepiece for the future of this team, but if Kuzma walks this summer, Washington will lose him for nothing. That’s where the trade deadline comes in, which is now just under a month away on Feb. Kuzma is sure to be a highly coveted trade candidate, and given the way he’s been playing lately, the Wizards could get a quality return for him.

While Kuzma’s play this season has ignited the team, his trade stock is also at an all-time high, and this game-winning 3-pointer on Wednesday night only increased it.

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