Wizards’ season ends with loss to playoff-bound Bulls

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Taj Gibson blocked a 3-point attempt from the wing by Price with 10 seconds left, and Wall put up an air ball from long range at the buzzer with Butler guarding him, preserving the win for Chicago.

“I was surprised (Gibson) got a piece of it,” Price said. “I told him he’s so long after he blocked the shot. I thought I had room. Had about four feet, but he still got a piece of it. Great defensive play by him.”

The Bulls appear to be healing with the playoffs set to begin.

They had every key player available except Rose, although Noah (foot) and Gibson (knee) had their minutes limited for the second straight game after missing time because of their injuries.

Noah played 14 minutes, did not score and grabbed one rebound. Gibson had eight points in 21 minutes, and it’s not clear if they’ll start or come off the bench when the Bulls open against the Nets.

“We’re just trying to figure out the best thing in terms of where their minutes are,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “But having them back is a big plus for us. Whatever they can give us, I feel confident they will get better as time goes along.”

The Wizards had their share of injuries, too, and a season that started with 12 straight losses ended with them dropping their sixth in a row. They were missing Emeka Okafor after he sprained his right ankle against Brooklyn on Monday.

“Great season for our team from where we started and where we finished,” Wall said. “We know where we can be if we play together and everyone stays healthy.”

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