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“I made a move that I haven’t done in a while and got a dunk and that got me energized,” said Young, who scored 18 points in the fourth quarter. “And knowing coach had my back on that carry and got kicked out for it, I had to keep it going.”

But the Wizards remained unable to get the key stops they needed to continue their momentum.

Ben Gordon, who led the Bulls with 22 points, got a finger-roll to drop. On the Bulls’ next trip down, he missed an open 3-pointer, but Drew Gooden slammed home a putback. Larry Hughes followed that with Chicago’s ninth and final 3-pointer to put away the Wizards.