CHICAGO (Ticker) -- After two straight losses in the nation's
capital, the Chicago Bulls couldn't wait to get back home.
The Bulls, who have dropped 10 straight at the MCI Center, meet
the Washington Wizards on Wednesday with a chance to take a 3-2
lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series.
Juan Dixon came off the bench to score 35 points on 11-of-15
shooting and Gilbert Arenas added 23 points as the Wizards
evened the series with a 106-99 triumph over the Bulls on
Washington jumped to a 17-3 advantage in the first 7 1/2
minutes, led by 28 points in the second half and held Chicago to
34 percent (29-of-86) shooting for the contest.
The Wizards suspended former overall No. 1 draft pick Kwame
Brown for the remainder of the playoffs on Tuesday for
philosophical differences with team management. He skipped
practice Sunday and sat out Game Four on Monday after telling
the team trainer he had a stomach virus.
Kirk Hinrich and Jannero Pargo scored 18 points apiece and Tyson
Chandler collected 13 with 13 rebounds for the Bulls, who are
52-18 in the playoffs at the United Center.
Despite making just 1-of-13 shots in Game Four, Ben Gordon of
the Bulls became the first rookie to win the league's Sixth Man
of the Year Award on Tuesday. He averaged more than 15 points
this season and scored 10 or more points in the fourth quarter
Chicago is hoping to have point guard Chris Duhon at full
strength after back spasms forced him out of Monday's game
in the first half.
The series shifts back to Washington for Game Six on Friday.