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Breaking down the Bulls-Wizards season series

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  • Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) goes to the basket against Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat, back, of Poland, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Washington.

      Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) goes to the basket against Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat, back, of Poland, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Washington.
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Here's a look back at the three regular-season games between the Bulls and Washington:

Jan. 13 at United Center: Wizards 102, Bulls 88

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This one snapped a five-game win streak for the Bulls and was their first loss after trading Luol Deng. The Wizards jumped on the Bulls from the beginning, opening a quick 8-0 lead, then stretching it to 15 early in the second quarter. The Bulls closed the gap a few times, but couldn't catch up. Washington put six players in double figures, led by John Wall and Nene with 19 points each.

Jan. 17 at Washington: Wizards 96, Bulls 93

With a rematch four days later, the Bulls seemed determined to avenge the loss but couldn't get it done. In between the two games against the Wizards, the Bulls beat Orlando in triple overtime. Wall had a big game with 23 points and 11 assists, while Washington again had six double-figure scorers. The Bulls took a 91-90 lead with 5:17 left, then hit 1 of 8 shots the rest of the way. Neither team scored during the final two minutes.

Apr. 5 at Washington: Bulls 96, Wizards 78

The Bulls might have played their best half of the season in this game, jumping to a 52-26 lead at intermission. Washington got within 11 points a couple of times in the third quarter, but never really threatened in the fourth. Outside shooting played a prominent role. The Wizards connected on 3 of 16 shots from 3-point range, while the Bulls hit 9 of 23. D.J. Augustin led the Bulls with 25 points and knocked down 6 of 11 attempts from behind the arc. Joakim Noah had 21 points and 12 rebounds. John Wall led Washington with 20 points.

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