Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights
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Keys to the Game
In short, the key to this game was Nate Robinson. That's both because he is himself short, and because he completely dominated throughout the game, especially in the second quarter.
The second quarter was the real turning point to the game as Chicago came in up by four points and left up by 18 points. The Bucks could make their runs throughout the game, but they were so far behind coming into the second half that they could never really mount a big enough run to come all the way back.
Chicago's bench dominated in this game. They pushed the tempo, forced turnovers, and made the Bucks play from behind early on.
As a team, Chicago forced 19 turnovers, and outrebounded Milwaukee just enough to keep them from getting a big enough run together.
The defense held strong when MIlwaukee started making their run, and they pounded the ball into the post, scoring a season-high 66 points in the paint, compared to Milwaukee's 40.
Bulls 104, Bucks 88, Final.
Let's take a look at the box score from tonight's game. First the Bulls:
And the Bucks:
Bulls 104, Bucks 88, Final.
Nate Robinson with a three-pointer, because why not?
Bulls 104, Bucks 88, Final.
There's Chicago's 100th and 101st points with the Jimmy Butler layup. That'll be 41 in a row without a loss when scoring 100 or more once the game ends.
Bulls 101, Bucks 85 with 0:55 left in the fourth.
If Chicago gets up to 100 points and ends up pulling out the win it will be their 41st straight win when scoring 100 points or more, which will tie the Spurs' NBA record.
Bulls 99, Bucks 84 with 1:40 left in the fourth.
It seems that Brandon Jennings just dared the referee to give him a technical after he ran over Nate Robinson.
The official not only obliged, but tossed him from the game in the process.
This one is likely over.
Bulls 95, Bucks 84 with 2:54 left in the fourth.
Mike Dunleavy sinks a three to keep hope alive for the Bucks. It's dwindling fast, but it's alive.
Bulls 92, Bucks 82 with 3:48 left in the fourth.
And here's Jimmy Butler's alley-oop from Luol Deng earlier in the third quarter.
Bulls 92, Bucks 79 with 4:13 left in the fourth.
The Bulls have built themselves quite a rotation with the slight injuries that they've seen over the past few weeks.
Oh, and that Derrick Rose thing, too.
Bobcats and Bucks play small. But byproduct of Deng injury is Thibodeau has made rotation more fluid,deeper. Can go offense or defense.— K.C Johnson (@KCJHoop) January 31, 2013
Bulls 88, Bucks 72 with 5:54 left in the fourth.
Both teams are just kind of floating along in the first half of the fourth. A 7-2 start in the first five minutes isn't helping out the Bucks any either.
Bulls 86, Bucks 70 with 6:35 left in the fourth.
There's the 743rd turnover by the Bucks tonight, and a Jimmy Butler fast-break dunk to finish off the transition.
Bulls 84, Bucks 68 with 8:25 left in the fourth.
Here's a look at the highlights from the first half. The game has settled down mightily since then.
Bulls 80, Bucks 68 with 10:22 left in the fourth.
Nate Robinson saw only a few minutes of floor time in the third, but he still leads everybody with 16 points. Gibson has added in 14 and nine rebounds, Noah has 10 points and eight rebounds, and Jimmy Butler has 11 points.
A big fourth quarter gave Brandon Jennings the scoring lead for the Bucks with 15 points and seven assists, Dalembert is up to 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Ilyasova has 14 points of his own.
Bulls 80, Bucks 68 with 11:13 left in the fourth.
Chicago lets Milwaukee cut into the lead with an early run in the third, cutting seven points off the halftime lead.
Bulls 79, Bucks 68 after the third.
Nate Robinson had his first dunk of the season, and first in a Bulls uniform in the second quarter. If you haven't seen it yet, take a look.
Bulls 79, Bucks 67 with 1:05 left in the third.
Deng-Butler alley-oop. Followed by a Butler put-back. Good golly.
Bulls 77, Bucks 65 with 1:58 left in the third.
Brandon Jennings has made four shots this quarter. Two three-pointers, one floater with a free throw on the end, and one and-one that he left open.
Dude is refusing a mere two points right now, he's gotta have three. He's got 11 in the quarter.
Brandon Jennings loves the 3rd quarter. #MILvCHI— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) January 31, 2013
Bulls 73, Bucks 65 with 2:46 left in the third.
Bucks have come back from 27 and 15 to beat Bulls this season. Trailed by 20 in this one and cut it to 8.— K.C Johnson (@KCJHoop) January 31, 2013
Bulls 73, Bucks 62 with 3:18 left in the third.
Is there a single local broadcast team that doesn't comment about how ugly Noah's jumper is every time he takes it?
Bulls 71, Bucks 62 with 3:38 left in the third.
Jennings is having a hot third quarter, as expected. He's got eight points after another three-pointer falls and the Bucks bring the lead down to single-digits.
Bulls 69, Bucks 62 with 4:10 left in the third.
Jennings drains a three, steals a pass from Hinrich, takes it down on the fast break, gets blocked, gets the ball back and scores behind the defense.
That was way too pretty.
Bulls 67, Bucks 57 with 6:06 left in the third.
Ersan drains a three, forcing me to check the stat sheet. Out of nowhere he has 14 points, but has also taken 14 shots. What the hell have I been watching all night?
Bulls 65, Bucks 52 with 7:12 left in the third.
Craig Coshun calls Ilyasova's jumper that's a good four feet inside the three-point line a three-pointer, leading to me staring confused at the television for a good 45 seconds.
Milwaukee's making a little run on the backs of their big men to start the third.
Bulls 57, Bucks 45 with 9:09 left in the third.
We're under way in the third, as the Milwaukee broadcast points out that Brandon Jennings is averaging over 16 points in third quarters over the past three games.
We'll see if he can get that going again tonight.
Bulls 55, Bucks 39 with 10:43 left in the third.
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