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WASHINGTON -- If the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards meet in the first round of the playoffs, the Bulls will have a nice little blueprint to follow. Oilers Jerseys China . The Bulls dominated from the get-go Saturday night and never trailed in a 96-78 win over the Wizards, avenging two losses from earlier in the season and providing perhaps a psychological edge if these teams are cranking up for a seven-game series in a couple of weeks. "It was definitely a statement game," Washington forward Drew Gooden said. "We were going in the mindset of this being a statement game, getting a possible matchup in the first round, and they took it the same way. They wanted to make a statement early." And they certainly did, holding the Wizards to 16 points in the first quarter and 10 in the second while building a lead that grew as large as 28 points. At one point, Washington was 0 for 7 from the 3-point line and 0 for 3 from the free throw line for the game, as well as 2 for 13 from the field in the second period. "They were taking shots they didnt want to take," Bulls forward Taj Gibson said. D.J. Augustin found plenty that he liked, as long as he was behind the arc. He led Chicago with 25 points, making 6 of 11 3-pointers but only 2 of 8 2-pointers. Joakim Noah had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Carlos Boozer added 16 points for the Bulls, who have won five straight and are tied with the Toronto Raptors for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. Augustin has averaged 19.8 points during the winning streak. Unlike the Wizards, who freely talked about a rematch in the playoffs, the Bulls didnt want to think that far ahead. "We lost to these guys at home. We lost to them here. It was just getting this win tonight," Augustin said. "Were not looking forward to the playoffs just yet, but we wanted to come out tonight and do it for ourselves." John Wall scored 20 points, and Marcin Gortat had 19 for the Wizards, who sit in sixth place in the East. If they hold that spot, they would face the third-seeded team. Several Washington players cited fatigue as an issue on the back end of a back-to-back, but coach Randy Wittman noted that Chicago played Friday night as well. It also didnt help that Trevor Ariza played through an illness and went 1 for 9 from the field. Wittman, however, said his team wasnt ready for the Bulls intensity and aggression. "You fight aggression with aggression," Wittman said. "And it was only a one-way fight tonight." One likely difference if the teams do meet again: Wizards forward Nene, out with a sprained left knee, is expected back for the playoffs. He played in the two early wins over the Bulls. "Nene gives us another facilitator," Wittman said. "And against a team like this you need another one. Nene was another guy that kind of can play like Noah does, up at the top with the ball in his hands. Thats not an excuse why we lost. Id love to have him back, though." The Wizards made a run in the third quarter, scoring more points (35) in the period than they had in the entire first half (26). Walls 30-foot bounce pass to Trevor Booker on a fast break led to a dunk that pulled Washington within 11 and brought the crowd to its feet. But Noah took over and quickly squashed the rally. His three-point play started a 12-0 run early in the fourth quarter that put the game away. "We wanted to throw the first punch tonight, and I think we did a good job with that," Noah said. "In the beginning of the game, we were the more aggressive team. Usually, the most aggressive team wins." Notes: Noah was naturally less than thrilled that his college, Florida, lost its game in the Final Four. He opened his postgame remarks by saying: "No questions about the Gators, sensitive issue." ... The Wizards finished 3 for 16 from 3-point range. ... As the team with the NBAs only Polish player (Gortat), the Wizards celebrated Polish Heritage Night. Polands ambassador to the U.S. made a presentation to Gortat before tipoff. ... The Wizards recalled G Glen Rice from Iowa of the D-League. Edmonton Oilers Shirts . "I only want to go through this one more time," Crosby said Friday. The 24-year-old captain hasnt played since the symptoms resurfaced following a loss to Boston on Dec. 5. Doctors allowed him to return to full practice on Tuesday and while Crosby is pleased with the way his body is responding he refuses to put on his return. Edmonton Oilers Gear ." Argos general manager Jim Barker uttered those words during an interview with TSN 1050 radio just prior to the CFLs annual free agent frenzy. https://www.cheapoilers.com/ . 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Wyatt Hoflin allowed five goals on 26 shots through two periods of action for the Ice before giving way to Keelan Williams, who stopped all five shots he faced in relief.The Americans went 0 for 5 on the power play while Kootenay scored twice on six chances with the man advantage.---HITMEN 8 WARRIORS 3CALGARY — Kenton Helgeson had two goals and two assists and Mack Shields made 21 saves as the Hitmen crushed Moose Jaw for their third win in a row.Jake Virtanen also struck twice for Calgary (17-11-3) while LLoch Morrison and Chase Lang each added a goal and two helpers. Cheap Oilers Jerseys. Radel Fazleev and Adam Tambellini added a goal apiece for the Hitmen as Jake Bean and Travis Sanheim each tacked on three assists.Tanner Eberle scored twice for the Warriors (13-14-3) and set up a goal for Jack Rodwald, who assisted on both of Eberles goals. Zach Sawchenko allowed all eight goals on 48 shots. ---WINTERHAWKS 4 TIGERS 1PORTLAND, Ore. — Adin Hill stopped 43 shots and Oliver Bjorkstrand had a goal and an assist as the Winterhawks downed Medicine Hat.Paul Bittner, Miles Koules and Keegan Iverson also scored for the Winterhawks (17-13-3).Cole Sanford scored the lone goal for the Tigers (21-7-2) while Marek Langhamer made 31 saves in defeat.---THUNDERBIRDS 4 CHIEFS 1SPOKANE, Wash. — Taran Kozun made 24 saves as Seattle handed the Chiefs their fifth straight loss.Nolan Volcan, Evan Wardley and Keegan Kolesar had a goal and an assist apiece for the Thunderbirds (13-13-4) as Ethan Bear added a single goal.Riley Whittingham scored for Spokane (14-12-3), which got a 28-save outing from Tyson Verhelst.--- ' ' '

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