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Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) shoots under pressure from Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson (22) during the second half in Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series in Washington, Sunday, April 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Photo: Alex Brandon

Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) shoots under pressure from Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson (22) during the second half in Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series in Washington, Sunday, April 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) Drew Gooden knows what it is like to play for a team that blew a 3-1 lead, so he won't breathe easy until the Washington Wizards finish off the Chicago Bulls.

They have a chance to do just that on Tuesday night.

Game 5 is in Chicago, and if the Wizards prevail, they will advance in the playoffs for just the third time since the 1970s. As commanding as their lead is, Gooden knows just how quickly it can go away.

The veteran forward was a rookie with Orlando in 2003 when the Magic went up 3-1 on Detroit, only to drop the next three to the Pistons and bow out in the first round.

''We had a chance to put `em down and finish them and we didn't - and then they started a dynasty in the Eastern Conference for the next five, six years,'' Gooden said. ''That was something I always looked back at. We could've beat that team, being up 3-1, just one (more) game. Who knows? The Pistons would've probably never been the Pistons.''

Detroit went on to make the first of six straight trips to the Eastern Conference finals and won the championship in 2004.

The Wizards just won 44 games with John Wall and Bradley Beal leading the way to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2008. The Bulls are simply trying to hang on after clawing their way to 48 wins.

Chicago overcame the early loss of Derrick Rose to another season-ending knee injury and the trade of Luol Deng.

''I believe we have a resilient group and I believe we'll find a way,'' coach Tom Thibodeau said.

Only eight teams have won a series after falling behind 3-1, the most recent being the Phoenix Suns in the first round against the Los Angeles Lakers in 2006.

The Bulls have been bogged down by slow starts. They've had their difficulties with Wall, Beal and Trevor Ariza not to mention Nene - when he's been available.

That was one of the most discouraging aspects of Sunday's 98-89 loss. Even though Nene was serving a suspension for grabbing Jimmy Butler's head in Game 3, the Wizards still prevailed.

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