Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 12/10

Game 1: Saturday, December 10th
Game 2: Friday, January 27th
Game 3: Sunday, March 19th
Game 4: Friday, April 14th

Wizards 101

(39-40, 14-26 away)

Bulls 103

(38-41, 20-20 home)

    Coverage: CSNC

    7:00 PM ET, April 14, 2006

    United Center, Chicago, IL

    1 2 3 4 T
    WSH 28 28 23 22101
    CHI 26 22 27 28103

    Top Performers

    WSH: A. Daniels 20 Pts, 5 Reb, 8 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Chi: B. Gordon 32 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast

    Gordon 9-for-9 from 3-point range as Bulls beat Wiz

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Ben Gordon figured he had missed at least one 3-pointer. It was one of the few times he misfired on Friday night.

    Gordon made nine 3-pointers without a miss to tie the NBA record and scored 32 points to help the Chicago Bulls take sole possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference with a 103-101 victory over the Washington Wizards.

    He matched the record set by Latrell Sprewell for New York against the Clippers on Feb. 4, 2003.

    "I didn't know how many 3s I had, honestly," he said. "I didn't know I didn't miss. I was just out there letting them ride. My 3-pointers felt like layups and my layups felt like 3-pointers."

    Gordon was just 2-of-9 from inside the arc.

    He scored 15 points in the fourth quarter, and his 3-pointer with 54.1 seconds left put the Bulls ahead 103-101. He also grabbed a key defensive rebound after Jared Jeffries missed.

    And Jeffries charged into Andres Nocioni about 10 feet from the Wizards' basket with 0.4 seconds left.

    "I was in my spot and he came to me," Nocioni said. "I said, 'OK, stay here for the charge."

    It was a rough ending for Jeffries, who had given the Wizards a 101-100 lead on consecutive dunks with about 1 minute remaining.

    The Wizards lost their fifth straight and fell into a three-way tie with Milwaukee and Indiana for fifth place in the conference, with the Bulls a game back and ninth-place Philadelphia two behind.

    Chicago's Kirk Hinrich scored 19 points as the Bulls won for the ninth time in 11 games. Nocioni added 17 points and seven rebounds, after posting eight consecutive double-doubles.

    Luol Deng scored 16 after missing three games with a concussion suffered in a collision with teammate Eric Piatkowski during last Saturday's shootaround. As if that wasn't enough, Deng needed stitches on his left eyebrow after taking a shot from Luke Schenscher during Thursday's practice.

    Washington's Gilbert Arenas scored just four of his game-high 36 points in the fourth quarter. It was the 40th game with 30 or more points this season for Arenas, who began the night fourth in the NBA at 29.1 per game.

    Antonio Daniels scored 14 of his 20 during the second quarter. He suffered a mild left knee strain at the end of the first half when he slipped while dribbling, but played 24 minutes in the second half.

    Antawn Jamison added 16 points and nine rebounds.

    Trailing by six 4 minutes into the fourth quarter, the Bulls went on a 14-0 run to go ahead 95-87. Gordon hit back-to-back 3's from the left corner and Nocioni hit one from the opposite side to give the Bulls their first lead since the second quarter and bring the crowd to its feet. After another 3 by Gordon, Deng's jumper made it 95-87. A tip-in by Washington's Jeffries' with 4:38 left ended the run.

    "It was pretty amazing -- Ben was unbelievable," Deng said. "I thought he was on."

    The Wizards weren't finished, though.

    Two dunks by Jeffries (13 points) put Washington ahead 101-100 with 1:02 left. But Gordon connected again.

    "It's hard to beat a guy who's 9-for-9 from the 3-point line," said Arenas, who shot 4-of-17 in the second half. "He willed his team to victory."

    Washington appeared to have a comfortable grip on the fifth seed. Then, Caron Butler sprained his right thumb in a win at Boston last week, and the Wizards haven't won since, throwing what was already a confusing playoff picture into further disarray.

    Butler's injury thrust Daniels into the starting lineup and left the bench thin.

    They hope to have Butler back for Sunday's game against Cleveland.

    "We're missing him a lot," Arenas said. "It's one element that's messing up the puzzle. You miss Caron, and (Daniels) has to do that scoring. But we don't have anyone doing (Daniels') scoring. ," Arenas said. "And that means I have to exert myself more than I want to, especially at a time like this when back pain is really killing me.

    "We should have enough talent in here to get it done, but obviously, we haven't been the last five games."

    Game notes

    The Bulls play at Miami on Sunday and Orlando on Monday before finishing with a home game against Toronto on Wednesday. Washington hosts Cleveland on Sunday and Milwaukee on Tuesday and closes Wednesday at Detroit. ... Bulls F Nocioni was fined $5,000 and given a flagrant foul penalty for making excessive contact with Atlanta's Josh Childress, NBA senior vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson said. And Childress was suspended two games for throwing a forearm to Nocioni's head late in Wednesday's game at Atlanta.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 101 103
    FGM-FGA 39-87 (.448) 40-85 (.471)
    3PM-3PA 5-19 (.263) 13-21 (.619)
    FTM-FTA 18-28 (.643) 10-12 (.833)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-44 8-42
    Assists 16 29
    Turnovers 11 17
    Steals 10 4
    Blocks 10 8
    Fast Break Points 10 16
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (1/0) 25 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 9 8

    Top Performers

    Antonio Daniels Daniels
    Points: 20
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1
    Ben Gordon Gordon
    Points: 32
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0