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                === Bulls try to tie series with Washington ===
 ( - The Chicago Bulls clawed back into their Eastern
 Conference quarterfinal matchup with the Washington Wizards and will try to
 even the series Sunday afternoon at Verizon Center.
 Game 3 went Chicago's way, 100-97, Friday night in Washington's first home
 playoff game in almost six years.
 The Bulls emerged victorious thanks to some amazing play from Mike Dunleavy.
 The veteran forward went off for 35 points, one off his career-high and 18
 more than his previous playoff best. Dunleavy made a franchise-playoff-record
 eight 3-pointers.
 "I just have not had a ton of looks. Coach mentioned some stuff yesterday
 about trying to get me some more catch and shoot situations and we did that,"
 said Dunleavy. "Got a couple easy layups early on and got going. Just had one
 of those nights. We've had different guys do it. Tonight I was able to hit a
 bunch of shots."
 Jimmy Butler finished with 15 points, followed by 14 from Carlos Boozer. Taj
 Gibson and D.J. Augustin chipped in 13 points apiece off the bench.
 The Bulls had struggled in the fourth quarters and overtime of Games 1 and 2.
 They were outscored 61-42 during that time, but head coach Tom Thibodeau
 tinkered with his crunch-time lineup, inserting Dunleavy and sitting either
 Augustin or Kirk Hinrich.
 The vaunted Wizards backcourt of Bradley Beal and John Wall scored 25 and 23
 points, respectively, in the setback. Trevor Ariza and Marcin Gortat
 registered double-doubles as Ariza finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds,
 while Gortat had 13 points and 11 boards.
 Nene managed 10 points, but he became a major storyline.
 Nene and Butler were involved in an altercation near the Chicago basket. The
 two touched foreheads during the scrum before Nene grabbed the back of
 Butler's neck. Nene was ejected, while Butler was just assessed a technical
 "You can't control when you play physical, things get hot. It's over," said
 Nene. "The whole team is thinking about Game 4 and stepping up for real in a
 big series."
 Nene's ejection hurt the Wizards, but they were able to overcome a seven-point
 fourth-quarter deficit.
 The Bulls took a timeout with 43 seconds left and the score tied at 91-91.
 With the shot clock winding down on their possession, Joakim Noah dribbled
 towards Butler on the right wing, handed it off and set a screen that left
 Butler wide open. The third-year pro did the rest, drilling his second 3-
 pointer of the game and series to give the visitors a 94-91 lead with 24.2
 seconds left to play.
 Ariza's 3-point try at the other end was off the mark. Chicago advanced the
 ball to midcourt with a timeout, but Dunleavy's inbound pass sailed over Noah
 and into Wall's hands. Wall went right to the rim and drew a foul, making both
 free throws, but Butler countered with two at the other end for a 96-93
 Both teams made four free throws the rest of the way for the final tally.
 Gibson went 1-of-2 at the foul line with 3.1 seconds left, but when he missed
 the second attempt the Wizards had no timeouts left and Ariza's pass went out
 of bounds to essentially end the game.
 "It just feels good to get a win," said Dunleavy. "It's been a rough series.
 Whether I score 35 points or zero, I'm just happy we won."
 The Bulls have some history going against them. Only three teams have lost the
 first two games of a playoff series at home and come back to win the series.
 Game 5 is slated for Tuesday night in Chicago.
 04/27 10:10:46 ET

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