Washington Wizards win in OT for 2-0 series lead over Chicago
Bradley Beal came on strong late in regulation to finish with 26 points and the Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 101-99 to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference series.
The Associated Press and Chicago Tribune
CHICAGO – Bradley Beal came on strong late in regulation to finish with 26 points, Nene scored six of his 17 in overtime and the Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 101-99 Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series.
Washington rallied from 10 points down in the fourth quarter after blowing a 17-point first-quarter lead.
Nene scored the first six points in overtime after being held in check by league Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah in regulation, and the Wizards held on after Kirk Hinrich failed to convert at the free-throw line with 2.4 seconds left.
Noah made two free throws before Beal missed a jumper with 18 seconds left in overtime. Jimmy Butler got the rebound and Chicago called time.
Hinrich, a 76 percent free-throw shooter this season, could have tied the score by making two free throws after getting fouled by Nene. But his first attempt missed. Hinrich deliberately missed the second, but Trevor Ariza grabbed the rebound to seal the victory for the Wizards.
Game 3 is Friday in Washington.
D.J. Augustin led Chicago with 25 points. Taj Gibson had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Noah contributed 20 points and 12 rebounds.
“I hate losing,” Noah said. “Everyone on this team is giving everything that they have. I feel like they hit big shot after big shot. You have to give credit where credit is due. They’re playing at a high level. Throughout the year, it hasn’t been pretty at times. But we’re a team that finds a way.”
The Bulls failed to score in the last 3:52 of regulation and the first 3:45 of overtime, a span of 7:37.
“I thought we had some good looks,” Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau said. “We have to do better.”
Pacers get even
INDIANAPOLIS – Paul George had 27 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, leading Indiana to a 101-85 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
The top-seeded Pacers and Hawks are tied at a game apiece heading into Game 3 in Atlanta on Thursday.
Reserve Luis Scola added 20 points and seven rebounds for the Pacers.
Indiana grabbed control with a 25-2 run that carried over into the fourth quarter.
George was especially effective, even though he spent much of the night defending Hawks point guard Jeff Teague, who had 14 points.
“That’s why he was in the MVP conversation early,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said of George. “He always does those types of things, guarding the best perimeter player, rebounding the ball, deflecting the ball. His hands were all over the place.”
Paul Millsap scored 19 points for Atlanta.
At Raptors 100, Nets 95
DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 14 rebounds and Toronto beat Brooklyn, evening their first-round East series at1-1.
Amir Johnson scored 16 points as the Raptors rebounded from a 94-87 loss in Game 1.
Joe Johnson scored 18 points, Deron Williams had 15 and Mirza Teletovic 14 for the Nets, who will host Game 3 on Friday night.
Hampered by foul trouble, Brooklyn’s Paul Pierce went 2 for 11 from the field, including 0 for 6 from three-point range. He finished with seven points.
Kevin Garnett scored 13 points and Shaun Livingston had 12 for the Nets, who led 66-64 heading into the fourth quarter.
• San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich was voted the league’s coach of the year for the third time. The Spurs led the NBA with a 62-20 record.
“They’re on the hood of my car,” a joking Popovich said of the awards. “One, two, three, right on the car, the way players do license plates. ... I’ve got three of those right on the hood.”