MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Toni Kukoc didn't think he did anything
extraordinary in his first game back from an injury. Others would
Kukoc had 17 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and overtime
as the Milwaukee Bucks beat Chicago 93-85 Friday night, handing the
Bulls their 16th straight road loss.
"I didn't think I did anything special,'' Kukoc said. ``But I
felt pretty good, except at the free throw line."
He was 2-of-10 at the line.
"My free throws were terrible," he said. "If I'd made two or
three more, we would have won comfortably."
The Bucks scored the first four points of overtime and the Bulls
never caught up. It was 87-85 when Kukoc passed to Michael Redd for
the clinching layup with 14 seconds left.
Kukoc, seeing his first action after sitting out 18 games
following surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb,
finished with seven assists. Anthony Mason had a season-high 21
points, Redd had 14, Tim Thomas 13 and Ray Allen 11.
No matter that Kukoc was frustrated at the line. Both coaches
praised his play at both ends of the court.
"Defensively, he was active and aggressive," Milwaukee coach
George Karl said. "His alertness and his activity gave us the
defensive dimension we needed. He gave us confidence out there."
Chicago coach Bill Cartwright concurred.
"He played well," Cartwright said of the former Chicago
standout. "It's disappointing the way we played him. It's not like
we don't know him."
The Bulls missed their first nine free throw attempts and
"It's something we have to think about and regroup,"
Cartwright said. "This would have been such a big win for this
organization. It was there for the taking."
Chicago led by five with 5 minutes to play in regulation. It was
81-78 with 1:02 left before Mason had a three-point play after
rebounding an airball on a 3-point shot by Allen. Kukoc missed two
free throws with 34 seconds left, then missed a 3-pointer with 24
The Bulls didn't get a final shot off before the shot clock
expired and the game went into overtime.
Milwaukee was limited to 10 points in the third quarter, tying a
season low, but still carried a 59-58 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Bucks were 4-of-20 in the quarter, but the Bulls couldn't take
advantage before Mason and Kukoc led the Bucks back.
"We made great plays down the stretch,"
"I wasn't hitting my shots," said Allen, who was 4-of-13 from
the field. "Mason had a big game and Toni gave us a spark off the
The Bucks led 49-42 at halftime, helped by Chicago's 1-of-10
shooting on free throws. The Bulls missed their first nine attempts
before Tyson Chandler made one to close the half. Milwaukee led by
12 before the Bulls scored the last five points of the second
"The free throw shooting was very frustrating," Crawford said.
"We've been a good shooting team most of the season, so that was
disappointing, and we made some mistakes down the stretch."
G Sam Cassell (back pain) played only in the first half,
scoring six points ... To make room for Kukoc, the Bucks placed
rookie G Ronald Murray on the injured list with shoulder
tendinitis. ... Chicago rookie G Jay Williams sat out with a
sprained left ankle. ... Milwaukee has won 10 straight at home
against the Bulls. The home team has won the last nine meetings in
the series. ... The Bulls lead the overall series 92-91.