NBA Game Summary - Chicago at Milwaukee
(Friday, January 6th)
Final Score: Chicago 105, Milwaukee 91
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Kirk Hinrich had 18 points and seven assists, as the Chicago Bulls beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 105-91, at the Bradley Center.
Andres Nocioni scored 17 points and Chris Duhon added 16 and six assists for the Bulls, who put an end to a season-high eight-game losing streak. Darius Songaila, Othella Harrington and Luol Deng each scored 13 points in the victory.
Michael Redd paced the Bucks with 25 points and eight rebounds while Moe Williams netted 15 and had eight assists in the loss, Milwaukee's second in a row and fourth in its last six tries.
The win snapped the Bucks' 14-game homecourt winning streak over Chicago, dating back to the 1998-99 season. It was the Bulls' first win in Milwaukee since March 29, 1998.
"This would have been a real shame if somehow we would have lost it at the end after playing as hard as we played," said Chicago coach Scott Skiles. "In the first half we played really well, but we were tied. We came out and played hard and well and deserved to win."
With Chicago leading 77-76 to begin the final frame, the Bulls used a 16-6 spurt, including five points apiece from Duhon and Nocioni, to make the score 93-82 with 6:14 to play. Chicago was never threatened again and eventually outscored the Bucks 28-15 in the fourth period.
"In the fourth quarter I thought the Chicago Bulls outworked us," said Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts. "They got extra opportunities, they played hungry. They've had a rough spell. They executed well. They went after loose balls, rebounds, got into it defensively, and got contributions from everybody. All their guys played hard. It's a game we shouldn't have lost."
The Bulls used a 13-4 run to take a 21-11 lead, highlighted by Deng's three- point play, and held a 26-18 advantage after one quarter. Milwaukee shot a paltry 30.4 percent in the first period to fall behind.
Williams brought the Bucks back in the final minutes of the first half as he scored eight points, highlighted by his three-point play with 3:06 left, to cut the deficit to 44-41. Milwaukee outscored Chicago by eight in the second quarter and was tied 51-51 at the half.
The Bulls ran out to a 10-1 run to start the third quarter, capped by Harrington's jumper with 9:19 remaining. Milwaukee, though, countered with a 9-4 run to pull within 65-61 on Williams' trey with almost 6 1/2 minutes to play in the third period. Minutes later, the Bucks took the lead on Toni Kukoc's three-pointer before eventually trailing 77-76 after the quarter.
Chicago connected on 47.4 percent of it shots, compared to the Bucks, who shot 44.9 percent from the field...The Bucks scored 46 points in the paint, but committed 13 turnovers.
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