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Bulls try to tie series with Wizards

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Bulls will try to knot up their series with the Washington Wizards Tuesday night as the two sides meet again at the United Center.

The Wizards upset the Bulls, 102-93, Sunday night in Chicago.

"After yesterday's practice I knew these guys were focused like they haven't been before and that's a good sign," said Wizards coach Randy Wittman.

Nene scored 24 points and the Wizards had big contributions from all five starters in their first playoff game in six years. They overcame a 13-point deficit and claimed home-court advantage from their much more-experienced foes.

"It's always a game of runs," said Wittman. "I always tell our guys, 'Stay in the moment.' When we got down 13, we stayed in the moment."

The Bulls remained in the lead following a 14-4 run in second quarter until Trevor Ariza's free throws with 4:17 remaining put the Wizards in front.

The shots were part of a 14-3 run that gave the Wizards an eight-point lead with 25 seconds left.

Nene rattled in a shot during the spurt but the biggest points might have been Marcin Gortat's baseline jumper after he rebounded a John Wall miss, pushing Washington's lead to six with 34.2 seconds remaining.

Gortat totaled 15 points and 13 rebounds, Ariza had 18 points, Wall scored 16 with six rebounds and six assists and Bradley Beal had 13 points and seven assists for fifth-seeded Washington.

The Wizards also got a huge boost from veteran Andre Miller. He scored 10 off the bench and played brilliantly in the fourth quarter.

The fourth-seeded Bulls, in the playoffs for the second straight year without injured star Derrick Rose, were led by 16 points apiece from Kirk Hinrich and D.J. Augustin. Joakim Noah added 10 points and 10 rebounds and Jimmy Butler scored 15.

"Our defense wasn't very good; 102 points, 48 percent (shooting), outrebounded. It's hard to win like that," said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau.

Maybe the Bulls can garner some momentum from Monday's announcement that Noah was named Defensive Player of the Year.

"This award is a team award," he said after accepting the trophy.

The Bulls led the NBA in opponents' scoring and finished second in opponents' field-goal percentage.

The defense should improve, but the offense remains a concern for the Bulls. Chicago was held to 39 points in the second half, where a pure scorer, which the Bulls don't have, could take over a game. Chicago also shot 42 percent from the field and 25 percent from long range.

Washington will host Game 3 on Friday night.

04/22 10:36:41 ET

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MLB
6th
KAN 7
SFG 2
 
Final
ORL 89
HOU 90
Final
BOS 100
BRK 86
Final
NYK 103
WAS 100
4th
MEM 96
CLE 92
 
Final
MIL 91
MIN 110
 
4th
SAN 82
ATL 100
 
1st
LAL 18
POR 16
 
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
PHO
 
7:00pm Tonight
OTT 0
TOR 0
3rd
PIT 3
PHI 4
 
1st Intermission
EDM 1
WAS 1
 
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