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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. Air Max 720 Weiß . 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. Air Max 97 Günstig . The Raptors two leading scorers were never able to co-exist the way they hoped or the team had envisioned, but individually DeRozan was thriving, in the midst of a career season. Air Max 97 Kaufen Schweiz . Basketball fans around the globe will be watching as Kobe Bryant makes his season debut - 240 days after tearing his left Achilles - against Toronto, a team he has used as his own personal punching bag.Major League Soccer is bursting with household names such as Didier Drogba, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard but beyond the star faces theres a crop of young, hungry players looking to make their name in America. MLS journalists and experts have ranked the divisions best 24 players under the age of 24, taking into account technical ability, physical attributes and soccer IQ to draw up a hot-list of talent previously headed by Newcastles DeAndre Yedlin.From a prodigious English forward whos been receiving plenty of praise from Frank Lampard to the midfielder likened to Stokes Joe Allen, we give you the lowdown on the youngsters to watch... Frank Lampard is Chelseas all-time leading goalscorer and has won club footballs top honours - but which young team-mate has caught his eye? 24. Cristian Roldan - Seattle SoundersA combative central midfielder who excels in both boxes, USA U20 international Roldan has drawn praise for his tidy passing play, endurance and tough tackling. Aged 21 and into just the second season of his professional career, hes accumulated 30 appearances in 2016.23. Tommy Redding - Orlando CityLabelled by Orlando Citys former coach Adrian Heath as a potential top, top defender in MLS in July, the 19-year-old centre-back has shown to be more than capable of matching the physicality of the league and is comfortable with passing out from the back. 22. Sean Davis - New York Red BullsThe 23-year-old box-to-box midfielder ranks third in the pecking order of New York Red Bulls midfielders. But recent performances, including an impressive August with two goals and two assists, has put the pressure on Dax McCarty and Felipe to perform. Davis real breakthrough may happen during the play-offs, which start later this month. New York Red Bulls midfielder Sean Davis (R) scored against Chelsea in a 2015 International Champions Cup match 21. Cristian Higuita - Orlando CityConsidered one of best holding midfielders - and ball winners - in Major League Soccer, Higuita is one of the reasons why Kaka can have a free attacking role for Orlando. The 22-year-old has been heavily linked with AC Milan in recent months and is on the fringes of Colombias national team. Orlando Citys tough-tackling Cristian Higuita - seen battling with Chicago Fires Michael de Leeuw - has helped Kaka thrive 20. Matt Polster - Chicago FirePolster was drafted by Chicago in 2015 and finished the season third in the MLS Rookie of the Year award rankings. Despite an injury-hit 2016 campaign and a season where the Fire are struggling, Polster has still shown his strong passing ability and tireless work ethic across midfield.19. Fatai Alashe - San Jose EarthquakesA key central midfielder for San Jose, 22-year-old Alashe has a versatile skillset, which earned him a call up to Jurgen Klinsmanns USA squad in January before withdrawing due to injury. His athletic ability, intelligent passing play and eye for goal makes him a player held in high regard across the league. San Joses Fatai Alashe has caught the eye of USA boss Jurgen Klinsmann 18. Tim Parker - Vancouver WhitecapsJust this season, Parker has worked his way up to becoming a starting centre-back for Vancouver and a member of USA U23s. The imposing defender made 15 appearances in his rookie season in 2015 but this term already has 26 matches under his belt.17. Juan Agudelo - New England RevolutionA former Stoke City striker who didnt make an appearance for the club due to work permit reasons, Agudelo never reached the once expected level as the next big thing in US soccer, but he has still forged an impressive MLS career. Now with seven years of professional experience behind him, Agudelo has enjoyed an end-of-season burst of form, scoring three goals in the last five matches. Juan Agudelo joined Stoke in 2014 but was sent straight out on loan to Utrecht, before moving to MLS. Pic: 16. Jordan Allen - Real Salt LakeA versatile midfielder adept at playing on either wing or centrally, Allen has struggled with injury throughout his short career. But the USA U20 winger has shown glimpses of quality during his time in the league, and could become one of MLSs brightest prospects should he find consistency.15. Justen Glad - Real Salt LakeGlad has started in every position across the defensive line with the only question mark over his physical presence. The 19-year-old currently weights 145 pounds but if he can bulk up, could develop his game yet further.14. Luciano Acosta - D.C. UnitedA loanee from Boca Juniors, Acosta is one of Major League Soccers most technically gifted players. The 22-year-old has three goals and ten assists in 30 appearances from a withdrawn forward position. Little surprise, then, that DC United are reportedly looking to sign the diminutive playmaker permanently. Nigel de Jong of Los Angeles Galaxy pays close attention of D.C. Uniteds Luciano Acosta 13. Ronald Matarrita - New York City FCThe 22-year-old Costa Rica international has slotted nicely into Patrick Vieiras side at left-back, or occasionally on the left wing. His attacking runs from deep makes him a real threat in the final third of the pitch and is proven by his five assists.12. Diego Fagundez - New England RevolutionFagundez has already made 150 appearances in Major League Soccer aged just 21. The Uruguay youth international lacks consistency but has shoown over the years his skill, pace and trickery from different attacking positions. Air Max Outlet.  Despite his tender age, Fagundez has still been able to score 32 goals and accumulate 23 assists through six professional seasons.11. Walker Zimmerman - FC DallasFC Dallas have been the best team in Major League Soccer so far this season and Zimmerman has starred at centre-back. The 6ft 3 defender is one of the strongest aerial presences in the league, with ranking him fourth in MLS for aerial duels won this season. Walker Zimmerman of FC Dallas beats Colorado Rapids Kevin Doyle - once of Wolves and Reading - to the ball 10. Lucas Melano - Portland TimbersSpeed and athleticism make Melano a dangerous winger for the MLS Cup champions. His end product can be questionable, but his intelligence on the ball and the timing of his runs make him a frequent threat.9.  Jesse Gonzalez - FC DallasGonzalez started the season as the first choice goalkeeper for high fliers Dallas, and is in weekly direct competition for the starters spot with the vastly more experienced Chris Seitz. Aged just 21, Gonzalez is comfortably one of the best young goalkeepers in the league FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez denies Jozy Altidore 8.  Carlos Gruezo - FC DallasThe Ecuador international traded Stuttgart for Dallas in January and has shown excellent technical and defensive ability to be considered one of the leagues best young players. The fourth-youngest footballer at the 2014 World Cup, Gruezo looks to be one who slipped under the radar of numerous European clubs.7. Wil Trapp - Columbus CrewA homegrown American holding midfielder with a playing style similar to that of Joe Allen, Trapp has experienced a frustrating season at an underperforming Columbus, but has still shown his eye for a pass and ability to create from deep positions. Highly-rated Columbus Crew midfielder Wil Trapp made his international debut against Chile in January 2015. Pic: 6. Keegan Rosenberry - Philadelphia UnionRosenberry is already an MLS All-Star and was only drafted into the league this year. At right-back, hes played every minute of the season and has impressed in his defensive duties as well as going forward.5. Kekuta Manneh - Vancouver WhitecapsOne of the fastest players in the league and a consistent winner of one-on-one duels, Mannehs finishing ability and decision-making in attacking areas has been criticised at times in the past but when on form, his quality is undeniable. Kekuta Manneh of the Vancouver Whitecaps takes on Montreal Impacts Donny Toia 4. Kellyn Acosta - FC DallasAcosta stands out most from MLSs all-round central midfielders under the age of 24. As well as his shooting, passing and tackling ability, his pace makes him adept at playing out wide if needs be and he always covers plenty of ground. Acosta is already a US international and looks set to have a bright future with the national team.3. Jordan Morris - Seattle SoundersBefore Morris had even set foot in Seattle before the start of this season, the hype in American soccer circles surrounding the 21-year-old was clear to see. The US national team forward was capped while still at college and now leads the Sounders with 12 goals in 30 appearances in just his first professional season. His conversion rate in front of goal could still be improved, but he is undoubtedly one of USA soccers great hopes for the future.2.  Jack Harrison - New York CityA former Manchester United academy product who moved to USA aged 14, Harrison has made an instant impact entering MLS as a rookie this season. Notably, he was the first ever player to be drafted into MLS from college in just his freshman year. NYCFC midfielder Jack Harrison just misses out on top spot. Pic: After strings of impressive performances, the winger has been tipped for a bright future by team-mate Lampard. Hes given us an edge on that right wing, Lampard told Empire of Soccer in July. Hes a huge part of the last few performances and hes got a great future because hes so young. Hes got a good head on him so hell go a long way.1. Cyle Larin - Orlando CityThe undisputed No 1 Larin was MLSs Rookie of the Year in 2015 after scoring 17 goals. This season, hes already on 14 goals in 30 appearances. The Canada international is an all-action striker standing tall at 6ft 2in. Top-ranked Cyle Larin in action for Orlando City against Real Salt Lake Larin has reportedly attracted strong interest from Benfica, Sporting Lisbon, Lazio as well as a host of Championship clubs. His link up play with Kaka has been a regular method to goals at Orlando and even Patrick Vieira has spoken of his admiration of the strikers qualities.I like him a lot, Vieira said of Larin. Hes a really mobile, athletic player who can play his back against the goal, who can score goals, hes a really interesting player.Watch MLS on Sky Sports and find the latest news at Englands tour of Bangladesh, plus Premier League football and the Japan Grand Prix on Sky Sports. Upgrade now and enjoy three months at half price! 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      July 12, 2019 4:22 AM CEST