Rapid Reaction: Bucks 104, Bulls 96

January, 9, 2013
1/09/13
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Friedell By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Milwaukee Bucks earned a 104-96 win over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night at the United Center.

How it happened: After blowing a 27-point lead to the Bucks at home in November, the Bulls blew a 15-point lead in this one and couldn't find a rhythm in the second half. Carlos Boozer scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds -- his sixth double-double in a row -- but it wasn't enough for the Bulls. Luol Deng added 18 points, while Nate Robinson added 19 points in place of Kirk Hinrich (right elbow). But Chicago couldn't slow down Brandon Jennings, who racked up 35 points and dominated the action all night.

What it means: The Bulls' biggest problem all season -- aside from not having Derrick Rose -- is they play to the level of their competition. After knocking off the Miami Heat last Friday night, the Bulls once again allowed the Bucks to crawl back into a game they shouldn't have been in. The Bulls have not learned how to close out games and how to get up for games against mediocre squads. It's an ongoing problem for Tom Thibodeau, and he knows it.

Hits: Taj Gibson had another solid game off the bench, scoring eight points and grabbing five rebounds.

Misses: Rip Hamilton was 2-for-11 from the field in 16 minutes.

Stat of the night: Points in the paint: Bulls 56, Bucks 34 -- and the Bulls still found a way to lose.

What's next: The Bulls take on the New York Knicks on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Derrick Rose
PTS AST STL MIN
15.9 4.3 0.5 31.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Noah 11.3
AssistsJ. Noah 5.4
StealsJ. Butler 1.9
BlocksJ. Noah 1.5