Taj Gibson chipped in 12 points off the bench and Jimmy Butler
added 10 for the Bulls, who have won the last eight meetings in
Milwaukee dating to 2009. Joakim Noah finished eight points, 10
rebounds and seven assists.
O.J. Mayo scored 16 off the bench to lead the Bucks, who have
dropped four straight and 12 of 14. Luke Ridnour had 14 points and
eight assists and Ersan Ilyasova also scored 14 as Milwaukee shot
31.8 percent overall and 7-for-21 from 3-point range.
Chicago started the third quarter with a 12-2 spurt to stretch its
lead to 12 and had it as large as 69-54 after D.J. Augustin's
3-pointer in the final minute of the period. The Bucks clawed back
into it with a 12-0 run spanning the third and fourth quarters and
pulled within 73-72 before missing their last 11 shots and being
held scoreless over the final five-plus minutes.
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The Bucks hit four of their first seven shots and raced out
to a 10-1 lead, but they couldn't keep the Bulls off the foul
line. Chicago went to the line 28 times in the first half and
outscored Milwaukee 22-4 at the stripe en route to a 47-45
GAME NOTEBOOK: Gibson injured his wrist in the first quarter and
Butler suffered a bruised quad late in the third, but both were
able to return. … The Bucks' 20 fouls in the first half were
their most in any half since Nov. 24, 2008, at Orlando. … The
Bulls improved to 74-9 over the past four seasons when holding
opponents under 90 points, including 13-5 this season.
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