Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/13

Game 1: Wednesday, November 13th
Game 2: Saturday, December 14th
Game 3: Friday, January 10th
Game 4: Saturday, April 5th

Bucks 115

(38-40, 16-24 away)

Bulls 117

(27-50, 24-14 home)

    7:30 PM ET, April 5, 2003

    United Center, Chicago, IL

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    MIL 30 25 30 20 10115
    CHI 21 24 27 33 12117

    Top Performers

    Mil: G. Payton 24 Pts, 2 Reb, 10 Ast, 5 Stl

    Chi: J. Rose 31 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Bulls erase 19-point deficit to win in OT

    CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Bulls showed some promise with their comeback win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

    Jalen Rose scored 31 points and Donyell Marshall had 19 points and 13 rebounds as the Bulls erased a 19-point deficit in regulation and beat the Bucks 117-115 in overtime Saturday night.

    "Today was a certified team win," Rose said. "We got contributions from a lot of guys in numerous ways."

    Jamal Crawford and Jay Williams each added 19 points for the Bulls, who ended a four-game losing streak and won in overtime for the first time in a franchise-record eight tries this season.

    "Our perimeter was hard to guard," Crawford said. "You got Jalen, myself and Jay who can all pass and make plays. I feel that we can play together, all three of us. Every night won't go as smooth as tonight did, but I think we showed our potential."

    Gary Payton had 24 points and 10 assists, and reserve Michael Redd added 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, who hold a 2{-game lead over Washington for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Sam Cassell added 21 points for Milwaukee, despite shooting 8-for-27.

    "We were focused defensively and moved the ball for the first half," Milwaukee coach George Karl said. "But midway through the third quarter we stopped passing and defending and Chicago caught us."

    Redd's 3-pointer with 10 seconds left sent it to overtime tied at 105. The Bulls were down by 19 points in the second quarter before going on a 13-4 run that gave them a 103-102 lead with 1:56 left.

    It was the Bulls' first lead since they were up 4-2 with 10:22 left in the first quarter.

    After the game went to overtime, the Bulls took the lead for good 110-108 on Marshall's basket with 3:15 left.

    "I think if we had been mentally tougher and played better team basketball, then we would have won," Karl said. "I just think Gary and Sam have to a better job of getting everyone involved."

    Two free throws by Payton capped a 10-3 run to build the Bucks' lead to 73-54 -- their biggest of the game -- with 5:27 left in the third quarter.

    The Bulls used a 15-3 run, spanning the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth, capped by a 23-foot jumper by Rose, to trim the lead to 87-81 with 9:27 left in the fourth.

    Game notes
    Tyson Chandler started for the Bulls after missing two games with an inflamed esophagus. ... The Bucks' Marcus Haislip got his fourth straight career NBA start since Tim Thomas was benched for refusing to re-enter a game. ... Milwaukee's Toni Kukoc sat out with a sore right foot, while Anthony Mason and Jason Caffey each missed their fourth straight games due to injury.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 115 117
    FGM-FGA 44-108 (.407) 45-88 (.511)
    3PM-3PA 8-20 (.400) 6-17 (.353)
    FTM-FTA 19-30 (.633) 21-26 (.808)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 29-56 14-46
    Assists 31 29
    Turnovers 14 21
    Steals 16 8
    Blocks 4 9
    Fast Break Points 3 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (0/0) 23 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Gary Payton Payton
    Points: 24
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 10
    Stl: 5
    Blk: 0
    Jalen Rose Rose
    Points: 31
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1