Final / OT

Washington wins series 4-1 (Game 2 of 5)

Washington wins series 4-1

Game 1: Sunday, April 20th
Game 2: Tuesday, April 22nd
Game 3: Friday, April 25th
Game 4: Sunday, April 27th
Game 5: Tuesday, April 29th

Wizards 101

(44-38, 22-19 away)

Bulls 99

(48-34, 27-14 home)

    Coverage: TNT

    9:30 PM ET, April 22, 2014

    United Center, Chicago, IL

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    WSH 31 25 14 21 10101
    CHI 20 29 26 16 899

    Top Performers

    WSH: B. Beal 26 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Chi: J. Noah 20 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Blk

    Wizards-Bulls Preview

    DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bulls' resolve is being tested once again.

    They trail the Washington Wizards 1-0 in their first-round playoff series after blowing a 13-point lead in the opener and will try to pull even on Tuesday.

    "You look at how they played down the stretch, you know how good they are," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said.

    Despite losing Derrick Rose to another season-ending knee injury and trading Luol Deng, no team in the Eastern Conference won more games after New Year's Eve than Chicago. But Thibodeau wasn't talking about the Bulls. He was referring to the Wizards, who hadn't been to the playoffs since 2008.

    The fifth-seeded Wizards rallied from 13 down to beat Chicago 102-93, and they might have opened a few eyes in the process.

    "I think we can surprise a lot of teams, if you play the right way," Nene said.

    Here are five things to look for heading into Game 2 of this best-of-7 series.

    STOPPING NENE: Put simply, the Bulls didn't do that. The Wizards' big man dominated inside with 24 points and eight rebounds, and he seemed just fine after missing 21 games late in the season because of a sprained left knee.

    "He's as strong as they come down there on the block," Chicago's Mike Dunleavy Jr. said. "And he's long, too. Presents a lot of problems."

    SWITCH IT UP? The Bulls struggled down the stretch in Game 1, getting outscored 30-18 in the fourth quarter. So are rotation changes coming? Thibodeau wouldn't say.

    "We'll see," he said.

    One option if he's looking to jolt the offense could be Dunleavy, who played the first 3:21 in the fourth before being lifted for Kirk Hinrich. Another possibility would be going with Carlos Boozer, although he rarely plays in the final period.

    IN NEED OF ASSISTS: The Bulls managed just 13 assists in Sunday's game, just two off their season-low, and don't think Thibodeau didn't notice that. Sure, Chicago shot a low percentage (42 percent overall, 5 of 20 3-pointers). The game was called tight, too, with 26 free throws for the Bulls and 35 for the Wizards. "You're not going to get assists on things like that, but 13 is a very low number," Thibodeau said.

    AGAINST THE WALL: A combined 7-of-25 shooting effort doesn't exactly look good for John Wall and Bradley Beal. Yet, the Wizards still won even though their two best players were off target.

    Did the Bulls put too much emphasis on stopping Washington's guard and not enough on containing Nene and Marcin Gortat (15 points, 13 rebounds) down low?

    "I like to think we just did a good job on those perimeter guys and didn't do a good enough job on the other two and hopefully we can flip that," Dunleavy said.

    MILLER'S MOMENT: Andre Miller came up big against D.J. Augustin in the fourth quarter in Game 1, scoring eight of his 10 points to help Washington grab the lead.

    If the Wizards win this series, the veteran guard will do something he's never done -- advance in the postseason.

    "It's about the situation you get put in," said Miller, in his 15th season. "Some players get the opportunity to play with those marquee superstars that will get them out of that first round. I have played with Carmelo (Anthony), Nene, Marcus Camby but we ran up against some mega-stars, Kevin Garnett and Dwight Howard. I just enjoy my time competing."

    Augustin had a difficult night all around. He scored 16 points but hit just 3 of 15 shots, and he couldn't handle Miller late in the game.

    "To put it on one guy, that's not how we do it here," Thibodeau said. "I could go from start to finish. There are things we didn't do correctly, we're capable of doing much better and we're going to have to."


    Research Notes

    Analysis: The Wizards improved to 12-4 when holding opponents to effective field goal percentage of 46% or less.
    Led by Nene, the Wizards have had success scoring on NBA Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah in the first two games of the series. They have attempted more field goals against Noah (29) than any other Bulls' defender.
    After scoring 36 points on 18-of-31 shooting in the paint during the first three quarters, the Bulls were held to 8 points on 4-of-11 shooting on such shots the rest of the game.
    The Wizards scored 66 of their 101 points on jump shots Tuesday, outscoring the Bulls by 28 points on such shots. The Wizards scored 36 points 35.7% shooting in Game 1.

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