|Washington Wizards' Jared Jeffries dunks against the Chicago Bulls in the fourth quarter of Game 6 |
The Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls Friday and advanced to the second round of the National Basketball Association playoffs for the first time in more than 20 years.
Washington's 94-91 win at home wrapped up the Eastern Conference series, 4-2. The Wizards came back with four wins in a row after the Bulls took the first two games.
All five Wizards starters scored in double digits Friday. With the score tied at 91-all, Jared Jeffries grabbed an errant Chicago inbounds pass, dashed downcourt to an empty basket and slammed home a game-winning dunk with 33 seconds left.
The Wizards are in the playoffs for the first time since 1997. The last time they made it to the second round was 1982, when the team was known as the Bullets.
Washington next takes on the East's top-seeded team, the Miami Heat, which swept New Jersey in their opening series. Game one of the best-of-seven conference semifinal is in Miami on Sunday.
Saturday's NBA playoffs feature two decisive game-seven matchups. The Indiana Pacers are in Boston against the Celtics, and the Dallas Mavericks host the Houston Rockets.
Some information for this report provided by AP.