Boozer leads Bulls to victory in regular season finale

Updated: April 17, 2013


Carlos Boozer compiled 19 points and 15 rebounds
to lead the way for the Chicago Bulls, who tuned up for the upcoming playoffs
by coming through with a 95-92 decision over the Washington Wizards in the
regular season finale for both teams.

Kirk Hinrich scored 18 points and Nazr Mohammed added 18 for Chicago (45-37),
which wrapped up the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference and set up a matchup
with fourth-seeded Brooklyn in the quarterfinal round.

The Wizards (29-53) finish out the season with their highest victory total
since 2007-08, but conclude the campaign on a six-game losing skid despite
battling back from an early 21-point deficit to forge an 85-85 tie with under
3 1/2 minutes left.

A.J. Price paced Washington with 24 points off the bench and John Wall finished
with 23 in the setback.