The Wizards may have been missing Nene for game 4, but you wouldn't know it from the final score as they cruised to victory over the Bulls, 98-89. The win gives the Wizards a commanding three games to one series lead. The Wizards were up by 20 entering the fourth and while the Bulls cut into it, the result was never in doubt. Trevor Ariza set a new playoff career-high with 30 points, and a new Wizards' playoffs franchise record with six made threes.
Beal continued to shoot the ball well, going 7/13 and 2/3 from long distance for 18 points. Gortat scored 17 points, and was a game-high +24. He also had six boards and five assists. Wall had his first playoff double-double with 15 points and 10 assists.
For the Bulls, Taj Gibson set a new career-high with 32 points on 13/16 shooting. Butler had 16 on just 5/14 shooting and Noah had 10 points and 15 rebounds.
The Wizards can now close out the Bulls in game 5 at the United Center on Tuesday night.
This one was never in doubt in the second half and the Wizards never trailed. The Bulls got as close as four in the second quarter but the wizards responded with a 13-4 run to keep Chicago at bay.
Player of the Game
Taj Gibson was great for Chicago, but this was Trevor Ariza's night. A playoff career-high 30 points on 10/17 shooting, including 6/9 from long distance. He also pulled down eight boards and had two steals.
16-6. The Bulls committed 10 more turnovers than the Wizards, and Washington turned those 16 turnovers into 29 points.
Nene's suspension forced Booker back into the starting lineup and he gave the Wizards a ton of energy per usual, finishing with eight points, nine boards and three blocks.
By: Jacob Raim