The Bulls were a few more missed free throws (20-30 for the game) from dropping to a 3-0 series deficit Friday night. But they iced their charity shots when they mattered most and held off the Wizards for the 100-97 Game Three victory.
The star of the night was none other than Mike Dunleavy who went 12 of 19 from the field and more importantly 8 of 10 from downtown. He finished with 35 points, his greatest performance since his days in Durham. Four other teammates (Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson, and D.J. Augustin) joined him in double figures. The shot of the night was arguably Butler's who hit a huge three with roughly a minute left to give the Bulls a 94-91 lead that they wouldn't relinquish.
On the Wizards side, John Wall poured in 23 and backcourt mate Bradley Beal scored 25. Nene got ejected from the game after a second half technical against Jimmy Butler.
Also, for the second time in two nights, an extremely stupid and unneccesary foul was committed with the game seemingly in hand. Last night it was Tony Allen. Tonight it was Tony Snell. Snell foolishly fouled John Wall with five seconds left, giving him three shots (all of which were converted) and allowed the Wizards a desperation attempt after a Taj Gibson missed free throw. With three seconds left Marcin Gortat grabbed the board but threw the ball out of bounds before a last-hope heave could be mustered.
And with that the Bulls narrowed the series lead to one, and though Wizards fans probably don't care, it made the series interesting to the rest of us again.