NBA: Chicago wins at Washington
By Joseph White
The Associated PressFirst published Apr 25 2014 11:08PM
Washington • Mike Dunleavy was making so many 3-pointers the Washington Wizards overguarded him at the arc and let him drive for a three-point play instead.
The points were coming so easily Bradley Beal guaranteed at halftime Dunleavy wouldn’t score again — and then clobbered the Chicago Bulls veteran during a 3-point attempt during the third quarter. The ball went in anyway, and Dunleavy completed a four-point play.
"He was in the zone, man," Beal said. "I guess the hoop looked like an ocean to him."
The Bulls needed a go-to guy after their offensive struggles put them in a 2-0 hole in their Eastern Conference first round series. For one night, at least, they found him. Dunleavy scored 35 points, one short of his career-high, and Jimmy Butler hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 24 seconds remaining Friday for a 100-97 Game 3 win.
"Coach mentioned some stuff about getting me some more catch-and-shoot situations, and we did that tonight," Dunleavy said. "A couple of easy layups early on got me going, and I just had one of those nights."
Dunleavy went 12 for 19 from the field, including a career-high eight 3-pointers on 10 attempts. Not bad for a 33-year-old who was playing in only his 12th playoff game. His teams’ records in those games before Friday: 1-10. He had almost become a forgotten man in this series, scoring 20 points combined in the first two games.
"These chances have been few and far between for me," he said. "But like I told somebody this morning, especially on the road in the playoffs, it’s where you can thrive. It’s a hostile environment, and I like that."
Game 4 is Sunday in Washington as Chicago attempts to become only the fourth NBA team to win a seven-game series after losing the first two at home.