The Bucks dropped their seventh straight on the road and have
not won a game away from the Bradley Center since beating Atlanta
on Jan 20.
Hinrich drew the assignment of chasing around Michael Redd, who
led the Bucks with 30 points. However, Redd only had two points in
the fourth quarter and shot 1-for-9 in the period. He attempted a
career-high 34 shots.
"Obviously (he's) a tough assignment, but at this point in my
career I would hope to be playing on both ends of the court no
matter who I am guarding," Hinrich said.
Trailing 86-80 with 5:14 left, Hinrich led the Bulls back by
scoring seven straight points in Chicago's 9-0 run. He hit
back-to-back jumpers and then a 3 to give Chicago a 87-86 lead. The
next time down, Deng went up strong on the baseline for a layup
making it 89-86.
"If you never done it the way Kirk does it, it's hard to
explain how hard it is to chase some of the game's best players
around 2, 3, 4 screens sometimes in the same possession and almost
always taller than him, sometimes stronger also, so he does such a
good job of it," said Bulls coach Scott Skiles. "I thought it
wore him down a little bit, but he really responded late in the
game. I thought overall it was (one) Kirk's better games."
T.J. Ford found Andrew Bogut underneath for a basket to cut
Chicago's lead to 89-88 with 1:11 left. Malik Allen answered for
Chicago, taking Gordon's pass for a basket to make it 91-88.
Redd tried to cut into the Chicago lead, but Tyson Chandler
blocked his shot. On the other end, Gordon hit a 3 for Chicago to
give them a 94-88 lead with 30.1 seconds left. Bobby Simmons kept
the Bucks in the game with a three-point play with 27.2 left, but
the Bucks never had a chance to tie it.
Luol Deng added 12 points and nine rebounds for Chicago and
Chandler had 12 rebounds and four blocked shots.
Chandler blocked Ford's shot with 25 seconds left leading to a
dunk by Gordon.
"We didn't make shots at the end of the game when we really
needed it. We played extremely well for 36 minutes of the game, but
at the end of the game they really took over," said Redd.
Charlie Bell scored 15 points off the bench for, Ford had eight
points, eight assists and seven rebounds, and Bogut scored 11 with
"We got the lead in the fourth quarter, but our quick shots got
them back in the game. If we would have had the patience to move
the ball a little bit more, we probably could have extended the
lead," said Milwaukee head coach Terry Stots.
The Bulls led by as many as 11 in the first quarter. Hinrich
sparked a 16-0 Chicago run in the first quarter. He scored eight
points in the span and Chris Duhon hit two free throws to give
Chicago a 28-17 lead. Milwaukee came back in the second quarter by
outscoring Chicago 18-3 to start the quarter. Ford had a steal and
a basket and Bobby Simmons followed with a 3 to give Milwaukee a
Redd scored 20 points in the first half for Milwaukee, who led
52-48. Redd hit 8-of-20 shots in the half. Hinrich led Chicago with
17 points in the first half on 6-for-9 shooting.
^Notes:@ Moe Williams, who missed 10 games with an ankle sprain
before returning Tuesday night for Milwaukee, limped off the court
in first quarter, but returned after getting his ankles re-taped.
... Ford, the smallest player on the floor at 6-feet, had six
rebounds in the first half. ... The Bucks had 21 fast-break points
to the Bulls' three in the first half. ... Simmons finished with 14
points for Milwaukee.