NBA Game Summary - Chicago at Milwaukee
(Monday, April 14th)
Final Score: Chicago 151, Milwaukee 135
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Luol Deng scored 32 points on 15-of-20 shooting to lead the Chicago Bulls in a 151-135 shootout victory over the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center.
The Bulls fell four points shy of matching the franchise record for points in a regulation game, set against Phoenix back on December 4, 1990.
Ben Gordon scored 29 points off the bench for the Bulls, who have won two of three. Chris Duhon poured in 22 points and dished out 15 assists, and Joakim Noah had 15 points. Larry Hughes and Tyrus Thomas gave 13 and 12 points, respectively, while Andres Nocioni ended with 10 points.
"It was just one of those games where everything was falling," Noah said. "We got easy shots and basically what we wanted on offense. Our shots just went down all game."
Andrew Bogut scored 25 points for the Bucks, who have dropped seven games in a row. Michael Redd and Charlie Villanueva totaled 22 points apiece, and Ramon Sessions earned back-to-back double-doubles with 20 points and a whopping 24 assists. His 24 helpers broke the 40-year old franchise record of 21 assists in a game set by Guy Rodgers. Desmond Mason and Bobby Simmons tallied 17 and 16 points, respectively.
"It means a lot," Sessions said. "You dream about stuff like that and to actually do that is a big thing. It's too bad we couldn't get the win, but those 24 assists would have been nothing without my teammates so I tip my hat to them for letting me get those."
Guard Maurice Williams (abdominal strain) did not play for Milwaukee. Williams has missed five straight games.
Milwaukee jumped out to a 45-39 lead after 12 minutes of basketball and increased that to 81-71 at the break.
Two dunks from Noah put the Bulls ahead 89-73 with a bit over 10 minutes to play in the third. The clubs traded baskets, and Chicago's lead hovered in the mid-teens until an Aaron Gray free throw sparked an 8-0 Chicago run.
Deng connected on a layup to close out the scoring and put the Bulls up by a score of 120-99 with under a minute to play in the third. Redd added a layup to make it 120-101 heading into the final stanza.
A Gordon jumper sparked a 14-3 Bulls run that put the club ahead 134-108 with about 8 1/2 minutes left in regulation. The Bucks managed to close within 141-124 on layups from Sessions and Awvee Storey, but it was too little, too late as the Bulls' cushion proved to be ample.
Chicago is 3-1 against the Bucks this season, and has won seven of the last eight contests in the series. The Bulls have won four of their last six at Milwaukee...The Bucks finished 19-22 at home, and Milwaukee will wrap up its season against Minnesota on Wednesday at the Target Center...Chicago ended the year 13-28 on the road. The Bulls will host the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday in their season finale.
04/14 23:46:47 ET