The Chicago Bulls pulled off a rare victory over the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday night at the Fiserv Forum with a 118-113 victory. Milwaukee fell to 12-5 while Chicago improved to 8-10.
Here are some points from the game:
The Bulls turn the offensive scenario on the Bucks and shoot threes
It’s fair to say the Bulls haven’t had much for the Bucks since 2018-19, losing 17 of the 19 games (including the playoffs) the two teams played before Wednesday. They also lost by an average of 13.5 points.
So why hold on to what isn’t working?
The Bulls came out by moving the ball and letting it fly from deep, which was at odds with their usual offensive style. They made 13 three-pointers in the first quarter, nearly half their single-game average of 28.5. They keep shooting them too, from DeMar DeRozan to Javonte Green to Patrick Williams. Eight of the nine Bulls who played took at least one and seven made at least one.
square score: Bulls 118, Bucks 113
The Bucks had to surprise, as they were one of the best blocking teams of the three all season (No. 5, 31.1 allowed per game) and when key players were available they were one of the top contenders. Three percentage points. The Bulls made 12 of 23 threes and assisted on 17 of their 22 baskets in the first half. A hot start allowed the Bulls to take the lead in the first half.
That slowed to a near halt as the Bulls were only 0-for-6 from a distance in the third quarter until DeRozan hit one with 2.8 seconds left to put his team ahead 90-83.
The Bulls didn’t take much until both Nikola Vucevic and Kobe White hit two sets in the fourth, with White grabbing consecutive possessions into the open corners in the final 65 seconds to tie the game and flash ahead 112-109. Then Zach LaVine hit one out to shut it out with 20 seconds left in the game.
The Bulls made 18 three-pointers on 42 attempts – nearly half of their shots.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had to work around the edge
Defensively, the Bulls haven’t had much luck slowing down Giannis Antetokounmpo in the past few years – who has, right? —but the Bucks springback Williams harassed Bucks star early, blocking two Antetokounmpo inside shots early on. Andre Drummond and Javonte Green blocked shots wide of Antetokounmpo as well, and the Bulls noisily stopped six shots in the first quarter — one more than their average per game.
The activity around Antetokounmpo freed up two other Bucks players, but it kept him going 4-for-11 in the first half — including 3-for-7 from the paint — for just eight first-half points. And though Williams went off the bench early in the third quarter on four fouls, DeRozan and Green blocked shots on Antetokounmpo inside as well.
Antetokounmpo eventually got his points, but he too was running the ball. By the time he made his fourth error about midway through the third quarter—on an offensive foul—he had 19 points on 18 shots to go with five gifts.
He stayed strong and made his way up to 17 points in the fourth quarter. However, it was too little, too late, as the Bucks managed to preserve possession by the Bucks in the final moments.
2: Three-pointers scored by Bulls forwards Patrick Williams and Javonte Green in the first period. Green has only achieved this twice previously and neither of them has achieved more than 3 times in any game this season. Those relatively unexpected 12 points helped the Bulls trail only 62-61 at the half.
10-2: The Bulls’ run continued into the third quarter when the Bucks benched Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday. In the end, the run allowed the Bulls to take seven points in the fourth quarter.
3-14: Run the Bucks answered early in the fourth quarter to flip a 10-point deficit to 97-95.
16: Bucks’ first-half points, Brook Lopez, matched his average for the season. He was the only Bucks player to reach double figures in an inning, making 6 of 10 from the floor including 3 three-pointers. finished with 20.
20: Dollar shifts, resulting in 17 bull points. But the backbreaker was a sloppy hit from Jrue Holiday to Antetokounmpo with 46 seconds left and bounced out of bounds with the Bulls leading 112-109. The bulls hit three the other way to close it.
Khris Middleton takes part in another training session with the herd
For the second time in three days, Bucks star Chris Middleton got to practice with the G League’s Wisconsin Hurd. He was joined by debutant MarJon Beauchamp and Thanasis Antetokounmpo.
Middleton underwent wrist surgery and continued his rehabilitation to return to court.
Did you notice AJ Green playing five games in six days?
Bucks rookie AJ Green laughed a little. He missed 11 games with a broken nose and surgery to fix it, from October 28 to November. 14, and itching.
“I was ready to spin,” he said.
Therefore, once he was allowed to play he never stopped the hoop. From November 16-21, he played five games in six days while traveling to four cities to herd and herd.
The journey began against Cleveland at Fiserv Forum, where he made his first NBA basket in the Bucks’ victory over the Cavaliers.
“They all felt good, but it was nice to see it go down,” he said of his first three pointers. “I think I’ll always remember her. I think so. She’s the first. She stands out the most, like she’s unforgettable. That was so special.”
Next, he played 23 minutes for the Herd against the Motor City Cruise in Detroit on November 17, joined the Bucks in Philadelphia on November 18, and then played 27 minutes against the Iowa Wolves in Des Moines on November 19-20.
“My legs feel it,” he said before entering the final seconds of the Bucks’ victory over Portland on November 21.
Alex Caruso played in the match, drawing Giannis Antetokounmpo’s fifth foul
With 1:02 to go and the game tied at 109, Giannis Antetokounmpo rose to the Bulls’ defense and made his patented drive into the paint. But bull guard Alex Caruso timed the big man’s stride and positioned himself perfectly for an offensive foul. The play was not reviewed, and the turnover led to Coby White’s three-pointer lead and 112-109 Bulls with 46 seconds left.
The video of the game is Zach LaVine kicking George Hill in the bad place
After Monday night’s game when Giannis Antetokounmpo was slammed by the Portland Trail Blazers but Jerami Grant was grossly misjudged, Bucks coach Mike Bodenholzer said he hoped the league would protect him — and other players — from unnecessary contact.
On Wednesday, George Hill was hit by Bulls guard Zach LaVine, and after a review LaVine got a screaming 1.
Milwaukee Bucks injury report
Khris Middleton (left wrist surgery): Get out
Joe Engels (left knee surgery): Get out
Who does Pax play next?
Cleveland returns to the Fiserv Forum for the second time in just over a week as the Bucks host the Cavaliers at 7pm on Friday. The Bucks won 113-98 on November 16, for the Cavaliers’ fifth straight loss. Cleveland picked up four straight wins after that, including a 114-96 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.