Game 62: Chicago Bulls (32-30) defeat Milwaukee Bucks (26-38), 100-90
March 7, 2016
United Center – Chicago
The Bulls entered Monday night’s game against the Bucks without Jimmy Butler (left knee sprain), and, as the game progressed, they lost Aaron Brooks (right patellar tendonitis) and Bobby Portis (left orbital contusion).
But even with the extra hits, the Bulls pulled off a win and held their opponent to under 100 points for the first time since Jan. 28.
The Bucks gave the Bulls a good scare, though. By the end of the third quarter, the Bucks trailed 73-69 after outscoring the Bulls 29-26 in the quarter. That then put the Bucks in a good position to take control of the fourth quarter and win the game, but they never took the lead. The Bucks got within two points, but the Bulls started to pull away when E’Twaun Moore hit a 3-pointer at the 1:46 mark of the fourth quarter.
Player of the Game
Gasol had a rebounds-assists double-double before halftime, and he ended the night with a triple-double of 12 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists. This came on a night where Gasol struggled to shoot, going 4-for-14 from the field. He also added five blocks to his stat line to lead all players.
Giannis Antetokounmpo filled up the box score, garnering stats in various categories: 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting, five rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and one block.
The Bulls did a fantastic job on the offensive end, dishing out 35 assists on their 39 total made field goals. So to think the Bulls had just four field goals that didn’t come as a result of a teammate setting up the shot is pretty insane — but in a good way.
If it weren’t for the Bulls’ turnovers, this win could have very well been easier to achieve. They committed 18 turnovers, seven less than the Bucks. Six of those 18 came from Derrick Rose, which was a game high.
The Bulls will face the San Antonio Spurs for one last time this season Thursday night in Texas.
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