Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 3)
Series starts 12/4
(44-34, 19-20 away)
(43-35, 27-12 home)
8:00 PM ET, April 13, 2005
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
Chi: K. Hinrich 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl
WSH: L. Hughes 23 Pts, 6 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk
WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- The Washington Wizards seek to clinch
their first playoff berth since 1997 on Wednesday when they
host the Chicago Bulls.
Washington is tied with the Indiana Pacers for the No. 5 seed in
the East and can lock up a postseason berth with a win and a
victory by Indiana over the New Jersey Nets (38-39) on
The Wizards gave coach Eddie Jordan his 100th win and guaranteed
their first winning campaign in seven years with a 119-112
triumph over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.
Antawn Jamison scored 32 points, Larry Hughes added 23 and
Gilbert Arenas dished out a season-high 13 assists for
Washington, which broke a five-game losing streak.
The Bulls have already wrapped up their first postseason berth
since 1998 and enter with 12 wins in their last 14 games.
Chicago lost in overtime, 85-84 to the Detroit Pistons on
Ben Gordon and Tyson Chandler scored 14 points apiece and
Chandler also grabbed 16 rebounds for the Bulls, who are 35-16
since January 1.
Andres Nocioni will serve a one-game suspension for elbowing
Detroit's Tayshaun Prince in the head in Monday's contest.
Chicago got 26 points from Kirk Hinrich in a 97-90 win over
Washington on February 25, which evened the season series, 1-1.
The Wizards have taken 10 of the last 14 meetings.