Rapid Reaction: Bulls 100, Wizards 97

April, 25, 2014
Apr 25
9:51
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Friedell By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com
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WASHINGTON -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls squeaked out a 100-97 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night at the Verizon Center. The Wizards lead the series 2-1.

How it happened: Mike Dunleavy had a monster game for the Bulls, going off for 35 points -- knocking down eight 3-pointers. Carlos Boozer had a solid performance as well with 14 points and five rebounds -- but it was Jimmy Butler who saved the day late and pulled the Bulls back into this series. With the shot clock running down in the final 30 seconds, Butler knocked down a 3-pointer that gave the Bulls a lead they wouldn't relinquish. He finished the game with 15 points. Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 25 points, but it wasn't enough as the Bulls made the big shots in this one late.

What it means: The Bulls played with the type of heart and toughness that has defined them throughout the season -- but the difference in this one was that Chicago finally made some shots in the waning moments. Dunleavy was in the zone for most of this contest and put the Bulls on his back before Butler hit the biggest shot of the Bulls' season to date. Earlier in the day, the 24-year-old shooting guard admitted that he was a little fatigued after all the minutes he had been playing. He fought through that, and a fourth-quarter scuffle with Nene, to knock down several big shots, including the dagger for the Bulls. The Bulls' confidence was shaken after the first two games -- but never broken -- and now they have a chance to even up this series in Game 4 in Washington on Sunday.

Hits: The Bulls were 12-for-24 from beyond the arc.

Misses: Joakim Noah and Kirk Hinrich combined for just 10 points.

Stat of the night: Dunleavy set a Bulls franchise playoff record with his eight 3-pointers.

What's next: Game 4 is Sunday at noon CT.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jimmy Butler
PTS AST STL MIN
20.9 3.3 1.5 39.6
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsP. Gasol 11.9
AssistsD. Rose 5.1
StealsJ. Butler 1.5
BlocksP. Gasol 1.9