NBA Playoffs Game-4: Washington dominate Chicago and eye the semis

Joakim Noah and his buddies could take vacation sooner than they hoped. The Chicago Bulls were defeated last night at the Verizon Center in Game 4 of the first round of the playoffs ( 98-89 ) and are now led 3 wins to 1.

Despite the absence of Nene (suspended 1 game), the Wizards have quietly controlled the game with a 17-2 within five minutes, initiated by Trevor Ariza (30 points to 10/17 including a 6/10 to three points), Bradley Beal (18 points), Marcin Gortat (17 points) and John Wall (15 points). Taj Gibson leaves the bench to stop the bleeding. The interior registered 20 points in 8/8 in shooting (against 7/32 for the rest of the team) and allows his men to be led by only 15 points, 55-40.

At 50% of the shots in the first period, Washington does not drop the pace in the third quarter time. Despite a marked improvement in the copy of the men of Tom Thibodeau with 6 baskets registered over 7 possessions, returning to -10, the gap will again rise to +20 when they were playing the last note of this meeting almost one-way. On a soft shot of the foals of Randy Wittman (4min 30sec without a point), Chicago returns to 8 units difference on the basket of Gibson (30 points with 13 /16, 7 rebounds) at only 2 minutes of the end. But the Wizards manage well and bounce after the defeat in Game 3.

Besides Taj Gibson, only two other Bulls players have reached the 10 units. Joakim Noah has compiled 10 points and 15 rebounds and Jimmy Butler scored 16 points.

Now mistake is prohibited in the franchise of Illinois at risk of following the rest of the competition in front of the television.

Next match Tuesday at the United Center where Washington can validate qualification for the semis.

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