WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- With their 17-year playoff drought behind them, the Washington Wizards hope to even their Eastern Conference first-round series with the Chicago Bulls in Monday's Game Four.

After losing twice at the United Center, the fifth-seeded Wizards returned home to post their first postseason victory since 1988 on Saturday, coasting to a 117-99 triumph over the fourth-seeded Bulls in the third game of the series.

Gilbert Arenas scored 32 points and Larry Hughes and Antawn Jamison added 21 apiece for Washington. In addition to the contributions from the "Big Three," the Wizards got a big lift from reserve center Etan Thomas, who had 20 points and nine rebounds in 23 minutes.

Arenas, who scored 25.5 points per game in the regular season, has bounced back from a disappointing first game by averaging 35.5 points in the last two. Arenas was held to just nine points on 3-of-19 shooting in the series opener.

While Arenas has recovered from a shaky opener, Bulls Rookie of the Year candidate Ben Gordon has failed to match his success from Game One. After scoring 30 points in the opener, Gordon has totaled just 22 in the next two. He made just 2-of-9 shots and scored nine points Saturday.

Tyson Chandler scored 15 points to lead six players in double figures for the Bulls, who shot a dismal 39 percent (33-of-84). Chandler also was one of two players to foul out for Chicago, which picked up 38 fouls - the most in team playoff history.

Game Five will be in Chicago on Wednesday.