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NBA/NHL playoffs: Wizards, Wall advance, bounce Bulls

Washington Wizards guard John Wall drives and scores during Tuesday night’s NBA playoff game against the Chicago Bulls. USA Today Sports Photo

CHICAGO (TSX) — Guard John Wall scored 24 points and capped off his first career playoff series by leading the Washington Wizards to a 75-69 victory over the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on Tuesday, clinching the best-of-seven first-round playoff series 4-1.

Washington won a playoff series for the first time since 2005, when it beat the Bulls, and for just the second time since 1982.

Coming off a one-game suspension for head-butting Jimmy Butler, Wizards forward Nene delivered another strong offensive performance, scoring 20 points.

Flyers 5, Rangers 2

PHILADELPHIA — Right winger Wayne Simmonds scored a hat trick, goaltender Steve Mason made 34 saves and the Philadelphia Flyers avoided elimination by defeating the New York Rangers 5-2 in Game 6 of their playoff series Tuesday night.

Game 7 is Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are 2-1 on home ice in the series.

Defenseman Erik Gustafsson and center Claude Giroux also had goals for the Flyers, who will try to become the first team to win two in a row in the series.