Washington Wizards' Gilbert Arenas reacts after hitting the game-winning shot at the buzzer giving the Wizards a112-110 win over the Chicago Bulls, Wednesday, May 4, 2005, in Chicago. The Wizards took a 3-2 lead in their first-round series.
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CHICAGO Gilbert Arenas hit a 14-foot jumper at the buzzer to foil a remarkable comeback by the Chicago Bulls and give Washington a 112-110 victory Wednesday night that pushed the Wizards within one victory of their first playoff series win in 23 years.
Washington leads the first-round best-of-seven series 3-2, with Game 6 at the MCI Center on Friday.
Chicago's Jannero Pargo hit a 3-pointer, his third of the fourth quarter, to tie the game with 5.2 seconds remaining as the Bulls fought back from a 22-point, second-half deficit.
But after a timeout, Arenas took the ball out front, moved left with Kirk Hinrich guarding him and hit one of the biggest shots of his career.
Larry Hughes scored a career playoff-high 33 points for the Wizards, who had a 10-point lead with 41 seconds to go.
A pair of 3-pointers by Pargo and another by Hinrich with 11.6 seconds left cut the lead to 109-107.
Ben Gordon scored 27, Hinrich 23 and Tyson Chandler 22 with 10 rebounds for the Bulls, making their first playoff appearance since Michael Jordan won the last of his six titles.
Spurs 99, Nuggets 89
SAN ANTONIO San Antonio looked tired, and the win was more than just a little ugly. But the Spurs are moving on in the Western Conference playoffs and Denver is done.
Tony Parker scored 21 points, Tim Duncan had 18 points and 11 rebounds and the Spurs eliminated the Nuggets. After dropping the first game in the series, the Spurs won four in a row.
San Antonio, which has lost only four times on its home court this season, moves on to a second-round matchup with Seattle.
Manu Ginobili added 18 points and Robert Horry scored 17, including a pair of key 3-pointers in the third for the Spurs.
Denver couldn't find the same game that won Game 1 and rallied them to overtime in a Game 4 loss on their homecourt.
Carmelo Anthony, who complained after Monday night's loss he didn't get enough touches, finished with 25 points for Denver. Andre Miller added 16 points for the Nuggets.
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