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                === Wizards try to put away Bulls in Chicago ===
 
 (SportsNetwork.com)  - The Washington Wizards will try to win a playoff series
 for  the first  time in  almost 10  years Tuesday  night when  they visit  the
 Chicago Bulls for Game 5 of their Eastern Conference first-round matchup.
 
 The  Wizards last  won a  postseason round  in 2005  when they  dispatched the
 Bulls,  4-2. A win  on Tuesday in Chicago, where they took Games 1 and 2, will
 end  the  series and  give them  their second  successful playoff series since
 1982.
 
 "We've  reached  the point where we  need one more  and that's going to be the
 hardest  one,"  Washington coach Randy  Wittman said after practice Monday. "I
 think they get that. It's all going to be ramped up."
 
 The  Wizards inched  within a game of  advancing thanks to a 98-89 home win on
 Sunday afternoon.
 
 Trevor  Ariza  poured in  a  playoff  career-high 30  points  and  hit six  of
 Washington's eight 3-pointers in the triumph.
 
 John  Wall  tallied 15 points  with 10 assists,  while Bradley Beal and Marcin
 Gortat scored 18 and 17 points, respectively.
 
 "I  think we just  did a great job putting pressure on them defensively," said
 Wall.  "Trevor  did a great  job of getting  himself going, making shots early
 on."
 
 The Wizards led by as many as 23 points and never trailed.
 
 If Washington didn't have enough confidence, it gets veteran big man Nene back
 from suspension. He was banned from Game 4 after an altercation with Chicago's
 Jimmy Butler in Game 3.
 
 Taj Gibson's 32 points on 13-of-16 shooting weren't enough for Chicago in Game
 4.  Joakim Noah scored 10 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the setback, while
 Butler scored 16.
 
 The Bulls are in serious trouble, although their coach still believes.
 
 "I've been around our team," coach Tom Thibodeau said after practice on Monday
 afternoon. "This team has been up against it for two years. All we're thinking
 about is tomorrow. Win the game. Take it step by step. Don't get wrapped up in
 doomsday or any of that stuff. Just think about what we have to do to win."
 
 One  positive  for the Bulls is  that starting small forward Mike Dunleavy has
 been declared ready to go by Thibodeau. Dunleavy suffered a bruised left thumb
 in Sunday's loss.
 
 Offense  has been a  major problem for the Bulls, not just in this series, but
 all  season  long, especially when  former MVP Derrick  Rose went down for the
 season again with a knee injury.
 
 Through  four  games of this  quarterfinal matchup,  the Bulls have scored 100
 points once and averaged 95.25 ppg, which is actually slightly up for Chicago.
 
 Defense  has been  the real  thorn in  the  Bulls' paw.  They led  the NBA  in
 opponents'  scoring  during the regular  season at  91.8 ppg, but during their
 series with the Wizards, Washington is averaging 99.5 ppg.
 
 Game 6, if necessary, will be Thursday night in Washington.
 
 04/29 10:40:01 ET

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