Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Wizards 101, Bulls 99 (OT)
By Nick Friedell
CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Washington Wizards earned a 101-99 overtime win over the Chicago Bulls in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The Wizards lead the series 2-0.
How it happened: Bradley Beal had a game-high 26 points to lead the Wizards back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit. Nene Hilario had another solid outing for the Wizards, chipping in with 17 points and seven rebounds. D.J. Augustin had a nice bounce-back game for the Bulls with a team-high 25 points and seven assists. Taj Gibson added 22 points and 10 rebounds, but the Bulls will kick themselves for not closing this one out. Kirk Hinrich had a chance to tie the game with 2 seconds left but missed two free throws (the second one on purpose).
What it means: The Bulls melted down in this one. They had plenty of chances to close the game down but they couldn't make shots. It has been their Achilles' heel all season and it burned them in Game 1 as well. They didn't have an answer when they needed to make a big shot. The Bulls played better defense down the stretch in this game, but head coach Tom Thibodeau is going to have a sleepless nights after watching all the shots his team missed late. Jimmy Butler, Carlos Boozer and Hinrich combined to go just 9-for-28 from the field. The Bulls are learning the hard way that they can't win playoff games by simply trying harder than other teams -- everybody tries hard in the playoffs. At some point, Thibodeau has to be able to count on somebody to take over late. He doesn't have that luxury right now.
Hits: The Bulls outscored the Wizards 44-22 in the paint.
Misses: The Wizards were just 16-for-28 from the free throw line -- and still won.
Stat of the night: The Bulls made just four field goals in the final 12:16.
What's next: Game 3 is Friday night in Washington.