THE FACT: The last time the Bulls and Wizards met in the playoffs, in 2005, the Wizards were the No. 5 seed, the Bulls were the No. 4 but the Wizards won the series 4-2.
THE LEAD: Nene returned to the starting lineup to score 24 points and lead the Washington Wizards to a come-from-behind 102-93 victory over the host Chicago Bulls in Game 1 of their first round series Sunday. Trevor Ariza had 18 points and John Wall had 16 points as the Wizards beat the Bulls for the third time in four games this season. Andre Miller scored eight of his 10 points in the fourth quarter. The Bulls were led by Kirk Hinrich and D.J. Augustin with 16 points each, and they had seven players in double figures.
THE FACTS II: The Wizards led most of the first half but never by more than six points. The Bulls rallied to a six-point halftime lead and then scored 10 of the first 13 points of the third quarter to lead by 13 points. But the Wizards cut the difference to three points by the end of the third quarter then outscored the Bulls 30-18 in the fourth quarter. The Bulls scored just six points in the final six minutes of the game.
QUOTABLE I: "The sky is the limit if we play the right way."
-- Washington forward Nene
THE STAT: The Bulls, one of the best assist-to-basket ratio teams in the league, had just 13 assists on 34 baskets. They average 23 assists per game. Joakim Noah was their high assist man with four.
THE STAT II: The Wizards won the game despite the fact their starting backcourt of Wall and Bradley Beal went 7-for-25 from the field. As a team, however, the Wizards shot 49 percent from the field, while the Bulls shot just 42 percent. The Bulls took seven more attempts than the Wizards.
THE STAT III: The Wizards, ranked 25th in the league in free throw shooting, went to the line 35 times and made 26 but made all 12 of their fourth-quarter attempts. They were 12-for-19 in the first half. The Bulls were 20-for-26 from the line for the game.
THE STAT IV: The Bulls were outrebounded 13-6 in the fourth quarter and lost the overall rebounding battle 45-39.
QUOTABLE II: "Our defense wasn't very good; 102 points, 48 percent (shooting), outrebounded. It's hard to win like that."
-- Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau
TURNING POINT: The Wizards responded when the Bulls jumped out to a 13-point lead early in the third quarter, going on a 13-2 run at one point with baskets from four different players. The played without the lead from the 4:56 mark of the second quarter until the 4:17 mark of the fourth quarter but did not give up.
HOT: While the Wizards' guards could not hit, the Wizards' forwards were 22-for-35 from the field. Ariza (5-for-8), Nene (11-for-17) and Marcin Gortat (6-for-10) were responsible for getting the Wizards over the century mark.
NOT: Bulls guard D.J. Augustin was 3-for-15 from the field but made all 10 free throws he attempted. Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy missed his first five shots.
QUOTABLE III: "After yesterday's practice I knew these guys were focused like they haven't been before and that's a good sign.''
-- Washington coach Randy Wittman
GOOD MOVE: Putting Nene back in the starting lineup obviously worked for Washington. ... After seeing Dunleavy go 0-for-5 in the first half, Thibodeau called for an early 3-pointer for him at the start of the second half, and Dunleavy hit it. He then scored eight quick points as the Bulls opened up a double-digit lead and finished with 11.
BAD MOVE: The Bulls, one of the best defensive teams in the league, were never in the game defensively, and the Wizards were shooting 50 percent after three quarters.
QUOTABLE IV: "We just didn't keep the intensity up. We also complained on some calls and didn't get back on defense. That hurt us."
-- Bulls forward Taj Gibson
ROOKIE WATCH: Bulls swingman Tony Snell played 12 minutes as the Bulls were in foul trouble, but scored just two points with one rebound.
NOTABLE: In his 12th NBA season, Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy played in just his 10th career playoff game. ... In a nine-minute appearance in the first quarter, Noah had zero points, one assist and one rebound. ... Bulls center Nazr Mohammed picked up three fouls in less than three minutes of action in the second quarter. ... This is the first time the Bulls have lost two games in a row since Feb. 1-3. ... There were only 18 turnovers in the game, 10 by Washington and eight by the Bulls. ... Gortat (15 points, 13 rebounds) and Noah (10 points and 10 rebounds) had the game's only double-doubles.
UP NEXT: Game 2, Tuesday in Chicago; Game 3, Friday in Washington; Game 4, Sunday in Washington.
|Fast Break Pts:||9||2|
|Points in the Paint:||38||40|
|Washington Wizards (44-38)|
|O. Porter||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|K. Seraphin||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|48.6%||36.4%||74.3%||team rebs: 9||total to: 10|
|Chicago Bulls (48-34)|
|L. Amundson||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|R. Brewer||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|J. Fredette||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|M. James||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|42.0%||25.0%||76.9%||team rebs: 7||total to: 8|
|usa||TNT||National||7:00 PM ET|
|--||CSN||Local||7:00 PM ET|
|--||CSN-Chicago||Local||7:00 PM ET|
|--||ESPN 1000 AM||Local||7:00 PM ET|
|--||WFED-AM 1500||Local||7:00 PM ET|
|canada||TSN2||national||7:00 PM ET|
|Composite Box Score updated through Game 5|
|Washington Wizards (4-1)|
|Chicago Bulls (1-4)|