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WIZARDS 75, BULLS 69

Washington 23 18 20 14 — 75

BULLS 15 26 11 17 — 69

Wizards MIN FG-A FT-A O-T A PF PTS

Ariza 37:22 3-8 0-0 1-9 0 3 6

Nene 39:00 10-17 0-1 2-7 4 4 20

Gortat 32:59 1-5 0-0 4-13 2 2 2

Wall 38:54 7-19 9-11 0-7 4 3 24

Beal 42:49 6-13 4-5 2-5 4 3 17

Booker 23:30 3-7 0-0 4-7 2 2 6

Webster 15:59 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0

Miller 9:09 0-3 0-2 0-0 0 1 0

Temple 0:20 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Totals 240:02 30-74 13-19 13-49 16 19 75

Percentages: FG .405, FT .684. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (Wall 1-2, Beal 1-4, Ariza 0-1, Booker 0-1, Webster 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 13 (15 PTS). Blocked Shots: 11 (Booker 3, Gortat 3, Webster 2, Ariza, Nene, Wall). Turnovers: 12 (Beal 5, Ariza 2, Booker, Gortat, Nene, Wall, Webster). Steals: 9 (Ariza 2, Beal 2, Booker 2, Nene, Miller, Webster). Technical Fouls: None.

BULLS MIN FG-A FT-A O-T A PF PTS

Dunleavy 33:28 2-8 1-2 1-5 2 1 5

Boozer 27:42 4-12 2-2 3-9 1 2 10

Noah 43:12 3-8 0-2 2-18 7 1 6

Hinrich 39:45 6-11 0-0 0-2 4 6 16

Butler 42:34 6-15 2-2 3-4 2 2 16

Augustin 22:50 1-10 2-2 0-0 3 4 4

Gibson 25:00 3-10 6-7 2-4 0 1 12

Snell 5:29 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0

Totals 240:00 25-75 13-17 11-43 19 17 69

Percentages: FG .333, FT .765. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Hinrich 4-5, Butler 2-4, Dunleavy 0-3, Augustin 0-4). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 11 (11 PTS). Blocked Shots: 8 (Gibson 3, Noah 3, Dunleavy, Hinrich). Turnovers: 11 (Noah 4, Boozer 3, Hinrich 2, Dunleavy, Gibson). Steals: 4 (Butler 2, Noah, Snell). Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 7:18 first.

A—21,752 (20,917). T—2:19. Officials—Ken Mauer, Ed Malloy, Bennett Salvatore.

Updated: June 1, 2014 6:44AM



Derrick Rose was in his teammates’ ears minutes after the Bulls had been eliminated from the playoffs in a 75-69 loss Tuesday to the Washington Wizards, who won the first-round series in five games.

‘‘Like Derrick said, we’re going
to really remember tonight,’’ a
somber Taj Gibson said. ‘‘We’re
going to really remember this
series. And when we hit the gate running next year, we’re going to remember a lot of people.’’

It must have been quite the speech by Rose. And it was nice of him to play motivational speaker.

Unfortunately for the Bulls, they needed a healthy Rose with them on the court, playing point guard. That became more and more evident as the series went on, and the Bulls’ offense stalled again when they needed it most in Game 5.

With no one to turn to in crunch time, Joakim Noah battling a sore left knee and Gibson forced out of the game after rolling his left ankle midway through the fourth quarter, the Bulls looked like a team that had been running on fumes and
finally came to a sad end.

‘‘How they wouldn’t quit,’’ coach Tom Thibodeau said when asked what he would remember most about the 2013-14 Bulls. ‘‘When I look at the team, we took a couple of big hits the last couple of years. Actually, the last three years. The lockout year, Derrick missed half of that season. Of course, he missed all of last season and then this season. And then the trade of Luol [Deng in January]. We’re 12-19, and you’re sitting there saying, ‘OK, what are we going to do?’

‘‘These guys, they fought like crazy to make sure we had a good season. When a team commits to playing as a team, playing together and playing for one another, and they give you everything they have, there’s nothing more you can ask for. I think other people would have just laid down, and we didn’t do that.’’

Not until Tuesday. And the Bulls didn’t lie down as much as they simply collapsed.

With Gibson out and 4:09 left, Jimmy Butler made a three-pointer from the corner to cut the Wizards’ lead to five. Carlos Boozer cut the Bulls’ deficit to 70-67 with a jumper, but the Wizards’ John Wall answered to make it 72-67 with 2:30 left.

After two free throws by D.J.
Augustin pulled the Bulls to 72-69,
their legs suddenly appeared to turn to jelly. The Wizards got
offensive rebound after offensive rebound to run precious time off the clock, even though they were unable to pad their lead. When Boozer missed a layup with 42 seconds left and Butler missed another with 18 seconds to play, the energy in the United Center deflated.

So did the Bulls’ season.

‘‘I think we’re a good team,’’ Noah said. ‘‘We’re trying to find a way to get over that hump, to get to the next level. The only thing I can do is get better individually, be ready for next season.

‘‘I don’t know what the future holds in terms of who’s going to be here and stuff. All I can say is I
appreciate the guys who were here this year. I’ve never been around a group of guys who worked their [butts] off from beginning to end.’’

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