by Yusuf Gadlin
The Chicago Bulls won Game 3 Friday night 100 to 97 at the Verizon Center in the nation’s capital against the Washington Wizards.
The Wizards were led by two-year Guard Bradley Beal who had 25 points and at times looked unstoppable, hitting big time jump shots when the Wizards needed them most.
But it wasn’t enough.
The Chicago Bulls got a huge lift from Forward Mike Dunleavy who scored 35 points and set a franchise record for connecting on eight 3-pointers. Dunleavy was good, and I mean really good as he set the tone early, scorching the wizards from beyond the arc time and time again. The Bulls also had four other players score in double figures: Forward Carlos Boozer scored 14 points in 24 minutes; Forward Taj Gibson had 13 points; Point Guard D.J. Augustin chipped in with 13 points in a game where he shot poorly from the field hitting only four of his 15 shots.
The Bulls Guard Jimmy Butler scored 15 points and hit a clutch 3 pointer with 24 seconds left in the game,but that was after he was involved in a scuffle with wizards center NeNe Hilaro,
The Brazilian appeared to have head butted Jimmy Butler, and in the heat of that scuffle appeared to perform a WWE choke hold on Butler. As a result NeNe picked up his second technical foul and was ejected from the contest. And, to add insult to injury NeNe may face suspension for Game 4 Sunday afternoon which will put the Wizards at a huge disadvantage against the Bulls front court–one that seems to be getting better and better as this series goes along.
This is a victory the Bulls can feed off of and carry into Sundays show down with Wizards.
I am still waiting on Joakim Noah to deliver the goods as he has yet to leave his fingerprints on this series . I thought Game 3 would be the scene of the crime. But Dunleavy was the culprit. That’s why Joakim Noah is my key player in Game 4– the Bulls are going to need Noah if they want to even the series Sunday and send this physical and now confrontational games back to the Windy City.