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Bulls beat Wizards to lock up No. 5 seed in East

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  • Chicago Bulls center Nazr Mohammed, right, celebrates with forward Carlos Boozer after scoring a basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Chicago, Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

      Chicago Bulls center Nazr Mohammed, right, celebrates with forward Carlos Boozer after scoring a basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Chicago, Wednesday, April 17, 2013.
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CHICAGO -- Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 15 rebounds to help the Chicago Bulls clinch the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference with a 95-92 win over the Washington Wizards in the regular-season finale Wednesday night.

Kirk Hinrich added 18 points and Nazr Mohammed had a season-high 17 for the Bulls, who will face the Brooklyn Nets in the opening round of the playoffs.

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It sure wasn't easy.

A.J. Price scored a career-high 24 points and John Wall overcame a slow start to finish with 23 for the Wizards, who kept coming back every time it looked as though the Bulls were ready to put them away.

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