NBA Game Summary - Chicago at Milwaukee
(Wednesday, February 18th)
Final Score: Chicago 113, Milwaukee 104
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Kirk Hinrich exploded for a season-high 31 points, and the Chicago Bulls notched a 113-104 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks while making a six-player trade with the Kings earlier in the day.
Hinrich added four steals for the Bulls, who acquired center Brad Miller and forward John Salmons from Sacramento on Wednesday. Going to the Kings were forwards Andres Nocioni, Cedric Simmons and Michael Ruffin, along with center Drew Gooden. Ruffin was then sent to Portland in exchange for Ike Diogu.
"Kirk is such a good player and competitor," Bulls head coach Vinny Del Negro said. "He's going to get after it defensively and no question he had a huge impact on tonight's game. The main reason we won tonight was his aggressiveness and his ability to run the team. He shot the ball well, which really opened up a lot of things for us and really balanced out the rebounding advantage that they had."
Luol Deng had 21 points and eight rebounds, as Chicago won for the second time in three games. Ben Gordon provided 18 points, while Derrick Rose recorded 18 points and nine assists.
"We came out aggressive and picked it up in the fourth quarter defensively," Deng said. "It was a big game. We knew no matter what we had to come out and play hard. Whoever is in the locker room has to play hard."
Richard Jefferson scored a game-high 32 points for the Bucks, who had a three- game win streak snapped. Charlie Villanueva had 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Ramon Sessions tallied 12 points in the loss.
"We just wanted to be aggressive," Jefferson said. "I missed my first four or five shots coming out of the gate, so after that I just wanted to be aggressive and get to the cup. That's what you should do when you miss shots, so then things start to open up."
Charlie Bell scored 10 points for Milwaukee.
Down four heading to the fourth, Milwaukee quickly tied the game at 79 on an early Dan Gadzuric basket.
The Bulls answered with the next six points, and Hinrich's layup, three- pointer and jumper gave Chicago a 96-86 lead with 4:56 left.
Milwaukee didn't get closer than six points down the stretch.
Deng had 10 points in the first quarter, and the Bulls held a 23-22 edge after the opening 12 minutes.
After a back-and-forth second quarter, the Bucks led, 51-49, at halftime.
Milwaukee maintained a small lead for much of the third, but a 13-4 Bulls run put Chicago back out in front. Thabo Sefolosha's three-point play made it a 68-67 deficit with 4 1/2 minutes to go in the period, and Rose capped the burst with a layup to put the visitors ahead 77-72.
Chicago had a 79-75 lead after three quarters.
Chicago leads the season series, 2-1...Chicago has taken nine of the last 11 meetings with Milwaukee...The Bucks had won 17 of the past 21 games as the host in this series.
02/19 01:32:39 ET