Game 37: Chicago Bulls (22-15) defeat Milwaukee Bucks (16-24), 106-101
January 12, 2016
BMO Harris Bradley Center – Milwaukee
The Bulls opened the game with a 10-4 start and went on to shoot 57.1 percent from the field in the first quarter. They even had good energy on the defensive end for the first time in a few games, so it looked as if they were putting themselves in position to grab a blowout win Tuesday night. But that wasn’t the case.
Their turnovers let the Bucks get back into the game, and the Bulls couldn’t maintain such a pace — both offensively and defensively.
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Player of the Game
Antetokounmpo single-handedly got the Bucks back into the game in the second quarter, going on an 11-0 run of his own. He continued his dominance throughout the game, finishing the night with a team-high 29 points on 10-of-14 shooting, 10 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block.
The Bulls committed 17 turnovers on Tuesday night, which isn’t an absurd number for them, but what is absurd is that the Bucks scored a whopping 30 points off of those 17 turnovers.
The Bucks overwhelmingly outperformed the Bulls in the paint, They outscored the Bulls 62-32, which just goes to show how poor of a job the Bulls did of defending the interior.
Matchup of the Game Result
Jimmy Butler versus Khris Middleton
Butler was his usual superstar self, finishing the night with a game-high 30 points (9-21 FG, 2-5 3PT, 10-12 FT), eight rebounds, six assists and one block. Middleton, however, wasn’t as impressive in terms of his scoring — he scored 16 points on 6-for-16 shooting — but he still had six rebounds, a team-high nine assists and a block.
The Bulls will travel to Pennsylvania to take on the Philadelphia 76ers Thursday night.
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