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NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at Chicago

(Thursday, December 16th)

Final Score: Chicago 85, Milwaukee 77

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Kirk Hinrich scored 11 of his 28 points during a decisive fourth-quarter run, as the Chicago Bulls defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, 85-77, at the United Center.

Hinrich, who scored 13 points in the final quarter, also had eight assists for the Bulls, who used a 21-2 run in the fourth to capture consecutive games for the first time this season. Chicago beat Memphis on Wednesday night and are now 6-6 after starting the season 0-9.

"I was struggling early, but feeling good," said Hinrich. "I stuck with it and shots began to fall."

Eddy Curry added 18 points and six boards and Tyson Chandler had six points, 10 rebounds and a career-high tying seven blocks for Chicago, which has won three of its last four.

"It feels good," said Hinrich of the Bulls' current success. "We are playing with a lot of confidence right now."

Michael Redd had 22 points for the Bucks, who have lost three straight. Desmond Mason added 15 points and Joe Smith tallied 12 points and 11 rebounds for Milwaukee, which has dropped seven of nine and 13 of its last 16.

Trailing 63-61 with two minutes gone in the fourth quarter, the Bulls went on their game-clinching run. Hinrich started the burst with a basket at the 9:48 mark and a pair of Chandler free throws with 3:29 left ended it, giving Chicago an 82-65 cushion.

Milwaukee later drew within eight a couple of times, but it was too little too late.

"We just had no offense," said Redd. "That fourth quarter run did us in. You just can't allow that kind of run and expect to win."

The Bucks, who shot just 39 percent for the game, led 24-17 after one quarter and 41-40 through two quarters. Chicago, which shot 49 percent from the floor, led 59-57 through three.

Game Notes

Chandler last blocked seven shots on February 12, 2003 versus Philadelphia...Chicago is 4-7 as the host this season...Milwaukee fell to 1-9 as the visitor...The home team has won 14 of the last 15 in this series, which is led all-time by the Bulls 95-94...Prior to the game, Milwaukee placed guard Erick Strickland on the injured list with a lateral meniscus tear of the right knee. He will miss a minimum of two weeks...The Bulls last won back-to- back games March 31 and April 2 last season.

12/17 00:03:51 ET

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