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Washington Wizards Take Game One For First Time Since ’86

Washington Wizards Take Game One For First Time Since ’86

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CHICAGO — Nene started thinking about how it would all unfold in the middle of the night. No way could he have scripted it any better than this.

Nene dominated with 24 points, Trevor Ariza scored 18, and the Washington Wizards rallied from 13 down to beat the Chicago Bulls 102-93 in their playoff opener on Sunday night.

John Wall scored 16 in his postseason debut. Marcin Gortat added 15 points and 13 rebounds, and the fifth-seeded Wizards pulled out the victory even though they looked like they were ready to be blown out.  It’s the first opening game victory in a playoff series for the Wizards franchise since 1986.

“You have to stay in the moment,” Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. “There will be times in the playoffs where we have to survive and stay in the game with six or seven straight possessions and not score. Both teams can do that. Who is going to stay in the fight when you do that? We did. We had a period where they outplayed us, no question about it. We had to get that back, and in the second half, I thought we did.”

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