Rapid Reaction: Bucks 78, Bulls 74

December, 10, 2013
12/10/13
9:52
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Friedell By Nick Friedell
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CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Milwaukee Bucks earned a 78-74 win over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night at the United Center:

How it happened: John Henson had a huge night for the Bucks going off for 25 points and 14 rebounds. Brandon Knight had 19 points and 10 rebounds in an ugly win. Mike Dunleavy led the Bulls with 24 points and five rebounds, but it wasn't enough for an undermanned Bulls team playing without Derrick Rose (knee), Jimmy Butler (toe), Luol Deng (Achilles) and Joakim Noah (knee bruise).

What it means: Tom Thibodeau no longer has more than enough to win with. The Bulls are too inconsistent and beat up physically and emotionally to think they can win no matter who is out on the court. Thibodeau is a proud coach and continues to spout the familiar cliches, but the Bulls simply don't have enough consistent talent to win many games at the moment. No team can afford to lose Rose, Butler, Deng and Noah and still think it can win night to night. The Bulls don't have enough offensive firepower to beat many teams -- even the lowly Bucks.

Hits: Tony Snell had another solid outing for the Bulls scoring 13 points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out three assists.

Misses: Kirk Hinrich and Marquis Teague combined to go 1-for-17 from the field.

Stats of the night: The Bulls were just 3-for-15 from beyond the arc and turned the ball over 18 times.

What's next: The Bulls are right back at it Wednesday night when they take on the New York Knicks.

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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
Jimmy Butler
PTS AST STL MIN
20.4 3.5 1.5 38.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsP. Gasol 10.6
AssistsD. Rose 5.4
StealsJ. Butler 1.5
BlocksP. Gasol 2.5