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Wizards stun Bulls in OT for 2-0 lead

Chicago, Apr 23 (EFE).- The Washington Wizards stunned the Chicago Bulls once again, erasing a six-point deficit with 2:47 left in regulation and then eking out a 101-99 road victory in overtime for a 2-0 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series. In a game filled with big momentum swings, the fifth-seeded Wizards led by 17 points in the first quarter before squandering that advantage and having to mount a furious rally in the closing minutes of the fourth to force overtime Tuesday night at the United Center in Chicago.

Wizards up 2-0 after winning in Chicago

Wizards up 2-0 after winning in Chicago CHICAGO -- Even after Washington's two road wins in the first-round playoff series, guard John Wall continues to insist the Wizards are the underdogs against the Chicago Bulls. He might lose credibility if he continues that claim. The fifth-seeded Wizards rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter and pulled out a 101-99 victory over the Bulls on Tuesday night at the United Center.

Wizards open playoffs with win in Chicago

Wizards open playoffs with win in Chicago CHICAGO -- Washington power forward Nene had played in just four games since missing two months with a sprained left knee, but coach Randy Wittman leaned heavily on the muscular big man in the Wizards' first playoff game in six years. Starting for the first time in nearly two months, Nene poured in 24 points to lead the Wizards to a 102-93 road playoff win over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday night at the United Center.

Bulls 102, Bucks 90

Bulls 102, Bucks 90: Jimmy Butler and Kirk Hinrich scored 17 points apiece as host Chicago knocked off Milwaukee for its fourth consecutive victory. Carlos Boozer added 14 points and 11 rebounds and Joakim Noah had 11 points and 13 rebounds as the Bulls remained in a tie for third place in the Eastern Conference with the Toronto Raptors. D.J. Augustin scored 14 points, Taj Gibson added 13 and Mike Dunleavy had 12 for Chicago.

Bulls 107, Hawks 103

Bulls 107, Hawks 103: Mike Dunleavy put up 22 points and Joakim Noah tallied 20 points and 12 rebounds as visiting Chicago ran its winning streak against Atlanta to five games. Carlos Boozer added 17 points and 11 rebounds and Kirk Hinrich scored 14 — including 6-of-7 free throws in the final 40 seconds — as the Bulls won for the sixth time in seven games. Taj Gibson also scored 14 points and fellow reserve D.J. Augustin contributed 10 for Chicago, which played without guard Jimmy Butler (rib) for the second consecutive contest.

Bulls 107, Hawks 103

Bulls 107, Hawks 103: Mike Dunleavy put up 22 points and Joakim Noah tallied 20 points and 12 rebounds as visiting Chicago ran its winning streak against Atlanta to five games. Carlos Boozer added 17 points and 11 rebounds and Kirk Hinrich scored 14 — including 6-of-7 free throws in the final 40 seconds — as the Bulls won for the sixth time in seven games. Taj Gibson also scored 14 points and fellow reserve D.J. Augustin contributed 10 for Chicago, which played without guard Jimmy Butler (rib) for the second consecutive contest.

Basketball: Returning Nene booed as Bulls thrill Rio

Nene Hilario was booed by some fans as his Washington Wizards slipped to an 83-81 loss late Saturday to Chicago Bulls in the first NBA matchup in Rio. Giant center Nene, who hails from Sao Paulo, managed five points and six rebounds in a 20-minute cameo. But taking the microphone to thank fans for coming he found himself the target of some booing. There is little love lost between Brazilian fans and their NBA star after he skipped the recent Copa America, where Brazil flopped and went winless.

Preview: Bulls at Heat

LeBron James was named Most Valuable Player on Sunday and the Miami Heat get back to playing basketball on Monday when they open the Eastern Conference semifinals against the visiting Chicago Bulls. Miami hasn’t played since finishing a four-game, first-round sweep of the Milwaukee Bucks on April 28. Chicago completed its seven-game series win over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday. The Bulls will likely be without forward Luol Deng (illness) while point guard Kirk Hinrich is a game-time decision.

NBA: Bulls halt Heat win streak at 27

The Chicago Bulls ended the Miami Heat's 27-game winning streak on Wednesday with a 101-97 triumph that halted the reigning champions' bid for NBA history. The Heat's streak was the second-best winning run in major North American professional sport -- halted six games short of matching the 33-game NBA winning streak of the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers. The Heat had not lost since February 1 at Indiana.
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