Instant analysis: Bulls 95, Wizards 92

Instant analysis: Bulls 95, Wizards 92
April 17, 2013, 10:30 pm
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Wizards fall to Bulls in season finale

Game in a nutshell: The Wizards (29-53) came out flat and got steam-rolled in the first quarter as the Bulls (45-37) opened with a 10-0 run and led by as many as 21 points. The backcourt of PG John Wall and SG Garrett Temple missed 8 of 9 shots. The Wizards didn't score their first basket until Trevor Booker’s conversion at 7:41.  A jump shot by Bulls PF Carlos Boozer put his team ahead 29-8, but when the reserves came in the mood changed. Wall’s backup, A.J. Price, sparked a 16-0 run in the second quarter to bring them to 35-34. Price scored 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting in 12 minutes. Wall re-entered at 5:15 to make three jump shots as the Wizards went into the half trailing 52-47.  The Bulls stretched the lead back to 69-58 in the third. The Wizards fought back in the fourth as a three from Price tied the score for the first time at 85. SF Luol Deng, who only had five points, made his biggest basket with less than three minutes left. His three-pointer pushed the Bulls ahead 92-85. Wall, Price and Temple hit key shots to get the Wizards back in contention, but Wall's three-point attempt to tie as time expired was an airball. The Wizards ended the season on a six-game losing streak. 

Career night: Price scored 24 points as the fourth-year player set a career-high when he hit a runner in the waning minute to trim the deficit to 94-92. Prior to that, Price made a three-pointer to tie the score at 85.  Price matched a previous career-high of 23 last month in a home loss to the Miami Heat. Price was 4-for-17 in his last two games. He finished Wednesday by shooting 9 of 17.

Middle reliever: C Emeka Okafor didn't play after spraining his right ankle in Monday’s loss at the Brooklyn Nets. Kevin Seraphin started in his place and posted Okafor-like numbers of 10 points on 4-for-9 shooting, nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks. 

Re-appearance: Backup C Jason Collins stepped on the court for just the second time in April and scored for the first time since March 22. Collins’ two free throws in the second quarter represented the first time he went to the line since being acquired in a trade in February.