Game 37: Chicago Bulls (22-15) defeat Milwaukee Bucks (16-24), 106-101

January 12, 2016
BMO Harris Bradley Center – Milwaukee


Quick Take

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.
(Check out the full recap.)


Player of the Game

Giannis Antetokounmpo
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.


Key Numbers

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.


Looking Forward

The Bulls will travel to Pennsylvania to take on the Philadelphia 76ers Thursday night.


Ashley is the owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.


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  1. […] Just one week after the Chicago Bulls came away with a decisive win over the Milwaukee Bucks, the Bulls let the Bucks even out the score by taking a 106-101 loss.   The Bulls got off to a hot start, opening with a 10-4 run. And they weren’t only getting the job done on the offensive end either. The Bulls were very active on defense, but it was their shooting that was really making noise in the first quarter: 57.1 percent on 12-for-21 from the field. This was good enough for 29 points in the first, and, had the Bulls taken better care of the ball, they would have also had a larger lead.   Thanks to four team turnovers, the Bucks scored nine points and prevented themselves from heading into the first quarter with a nine-point deficit. Despite that fact, the Bulls still held a large lead, but it didn’t last for much longer.   The Bulls’ bench couldn’t quite maintain their team’s lead, and that was almost single-handedly Giannis Antetokonmpo‘s doing.   Anteotokounmpo went on an 11-0 run of his own to bring the Bulls’ lead down to just two points, 35-33. Unfortunately for the Bucks, they couldn’t use that run to build up enough momentum to take the lead at halftime — the Bulls were up 51-46. That, however, didn’t stop them from coming out strong to open the second half.   The Bucks started the third quarter with a 10-5 run that tied the game at 56. Chicago native Jabari Parker got his team the lead with a layup. From there, the Bulls only helped their opponents by turning the ball over, thus allowing the Bucks to get out to an eight-point lead.   The Bulls quickly tied the game back up at 67, though: Jimmy Butler got the run started with a 3-pointer, Pau Gasol followed with a 15-foot jumper, and Aaron Brooks capped it off with a left corner 3-pointer of his own.   After the run, the Bucks called a timeout in an attempt to slow down the Bulls, but it didn’t help. Nikola Mirotic extended the run to 10 points with a layup of his own.   The Bulls made a 7-0 run to start the fourth quarter, but they couldn’t hold on, as the Bucks responded with a 5-0 run of their own.   The game remained close from then on, but the Bulls’ turnovers proved costly, and they couldn’t make up for them in the end.   Derrick Rose — who finished the night with nine points, one rebound, three assists and one steal — left the game in the third quarter with what was determined to be left patella tendinitis. He returned and tried to give it a shot, but left the game again soon afterward and headed back to the locker room.   Butler led the Bulls yet again with 30 points, eight rebounds, six assists and one block. Mirotic and Tony Snell added 17 points apiece.   (Read the Fast-Break Recap for more about the Bulls’ loss.) […]

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