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Recap: Wizards 98, Bulls 89

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Apr 27 2014 11:57:09 AM AKDT
Updated On: Apr 27 2014 11:57:09 AM AKDT

Wizards 98, Bulls 89: Trevor Ariza led the way with 30 points and eight rebounds as host Washington grabbed a 3-1 lead over Chicago in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series.Bradley Beal scored 18 points and Marcin Gortat added 17 points for the Wizards, who committed only six turnovers in the contest. John Wall collected 15 points and 10 assists for Washington, which bounced back after dropping Game 3.Taj Gibson scored a career-high 32 points to go along with seven rebounds off the bench for the Bulls, who host Game 5 on Tuesday. Jimmy Butler scored 16 points and Joakim Noah recorded 10 points and 15 rebounds for Chicago.Ariza hit a pair of 3-pointers during a 14-0 run to begin the game and the Wizards never trailed. The Bulls recovered enough to cut it to a 10-point deficit at the end of the first quarter and briefly closed within four points in the second before Ariza capped an 18-6 burst with a 3-pointer to make it a 52-36 advantage, and his fifth 3-pointer of the half at the buzzer sent Washington into the break up by 15.Ariza began the third quarter with another 3-pointer and used a traditional three-point play to kick off a 12-2 spurt that spread the lead to 77-57 with 2:43 left in the third. Chicago drew within 91-83 with 2:02 left but Gortat finished at the rim and found Ariza for a dunk as the Wizards put it away.GAME NOTEBOOK: Washington F Nene missed the game while serving a one-game suspension for getting into an altercation with Butler in Game 3. … Bulls F Mike Dunleavy, who scored a postseason career-high 35 points in Game 3, was held to six points on 3-of-8 shooting and left in the fourth quarter after taking a hard fall in the paint. … Gibson went 13-of-16 from the field while the rest of Chicago went 22-for-62.