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Washington Wizards power into play-off semi-finals

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Victory would catapult the Washington Wizards into a semi-final spot in the play-offs, and with this in the back of the minds of Randy Wittman's players, they delivered a routine performance beating the Chicago Bulls 75-69 at the United Centre.

After a disappointing time in the play-offs, Bulls' power forward Taj Gibson spoke to ESPN after the game and displayed his frustration at his side's exit and having such a brief spell in the play-offs.

"It is real disappointing. We put so much work into the season, came out of countless holes."

Gibson scored 12 points in this game, while Bradley Beal hit 17 for the Wizards, and after their celebrations, spoke about how their season can only go up from this point onwards.

"It just shows our continued growth. We played great basketball in this series and we can only continue to get better and better."

The Wizards were buzzing as they haven't won a play-off series since 2005.

The first quarter was mainly of the Wizards dominance, as Wittman's squad won the quarter 23-15; Nene and John Wall both scored six for the visitors, as Wall also claimed two assists.

In the second the Bulls saw red, aimed for revenge and they got it - winning the second 26-18; guard Jimmy Butler hit the Wizards for nine, while Kirk Hinrich and Gibson both scored six.
Beal and Wall both scored seven for the visitors, including a nice falling two pointer by John Wall which won a foul and tied the game at halftime at 41-41.

But again the Wizards showed their dominance and cruised to a 20-11 win in the third period with Nene and Beal both scoring eight, this included a nice steal by the Brazilian who fed Trevor Ariza for a two pointer.

As the fourth approached, the Wizards had a nine point lead over the hosts at 61-52, but again the Chicago Bulls ordered a fight back but it wasn't enough.

The home crowd roared into life as the Bulls won the fourth 17-14; Butler and Hinrich both scoring five, but it was the end of the road for Chicago until next season.

The Wizards, meanwhile, have secured a semi-final place which will be against the winner of the Atlanta Hawks and Indiana Pacers series.

Wittman's side will be believe that they could make the finals this year, considering in the last campaign Washington didn't even qualify for the play-offs, finishing 12th in the Eastern Conference and third in the Southeast Division.

As for the Bulls, they'll be wishing for a blast from the past as Tom Thibodeau's side have only won two division titles since their early 90s dominance.

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