Friday, December 13, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Bulls 91, Bucks 90
By Nick Friedell
MILWAUKEE -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls squeaked out a 91-90 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
How it happened: Mike Dunleavy banked in a 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left to win the game for the Bulls. Joakim Noah had a huge night for the Bulls, going off for 21 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 3 blocks and a crucial tie-up late in the game to force a jump ball. Gary Neal led the Bucks with 17 points, but it wasn't enough as the Bucks wilted down the stretch.
What it means: After repeatedly finding ways to lose games over the past few weeks, the Bulls found a way to win this one. Dunleavy made the huge shot, but it was the Bulls' fight all the way to the end that helped pull this out. Anyone who thinks the Bulls are going to try to tank this season should go back and watch this one. Tom Thibodeau won't let it happen.
Hits: After missing the past 11 games, Jimmy Butler looked solid in his return, scoring 16 points and playing with the type of energy the Bulls have been missing.
Misses: D.J. Augustin was 0-for-3 in his Bulls debut.
Stat of the night: The Bulls outscored the Bucks 29-21 in the fourth quarter.
What's next: The Bulls are right back at it Saturday night when they take on the Toronto Raptors.