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Larry Hughes

New-timers' day

New-timers' day

The chant started in the far reaches of the 300 level, those United Center sections that have been barren during the wasteland of the past six seasons. The chant cascaded downward, bathing the Bulls—and one in particular—in love as they put the finishing touches on Sunday's 103-94 victory over Washington in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. "Noc-I-oni! Noc-I-oni!" You didn't need an interpreter to know that the man with the broken English and the manic intensity had gone where no rookie had gone before on an evening the Bulls were entering uncharted territory as well. Andres Nocioni's season-high 25 points and 18 rebounds—the most by...