CHICAGO (Ticker) -- The Chicago Bulls go for their 100th home
playoff victory and second straight over the Washington Wizards
when the teams meet on Wednesday.
Playing their first postseason contest since Michael Jordan and
Scottie Pippen led them to a sixth league championship in 1998,
the Bulls posted a 103-94 victory over the Wizards in the opener
of their Eastern Conference series on Sunday.
Rookie Ben Gordon scored 12 of his 30 points in the fourth
quarter, the 22nd time he has reached double figures in the
Andres Nocioni, who wants to add an NBA title to the Olympic
gold medal he won with Argentina in Athens last summer, scored
25 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for the Bulls.
Chicago has won 29 of 30 first-round series after taking the
The Wizards, who have not won a playoff game since 1988, scored
12 fourth-quarter points, converted 38 percent (33-of-86) from the
floor and were outrebounded, 54-44.
Larry Hughes had a great start, making his first 10 shots and
scoring 24 of his playoff career-high 31 points in the first
But Gilbert Arenas struggled, shooting 3-of-19 and scoring only
nine points, more than 16 below his season average. Antawn
Jamison shot 6-of-15 and added 14.
The series shifts to Washington for Game Three on Saturday.