Ariza lifts Wizards to 3-1 lead

Even without Nene, the Wizards found little trouble scoring on the Bulls. A lot of 3-pointers sure seem to help with that. Trevor Ariza was simply on fire beyond the arc.

He hit four of his six 3-point makes in the first half as he scored 30 points for the game. Chicago was slow to rotate out to him and close out as the Wizards moved the ball expertly around the basket. Chicago was simply unable to copy the success offensively from Game Three.

Chicago committed 16 turnovers which turned into 29 Washington points. The Wizards shot worse — a bit better than 40 percent — but were able to control the pace because of those fast break opportunities.

The Bulls got 32 points off the bench from Taj Gibson, but put only two other players in double figures. Offense remains a problem for Chicago. And so too does the score in the series. The Bulls are one loss away from going home.

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