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

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

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.