Milwaukee Bucks 116 Chicago Bulls 96

Posted: December 31, 2016 by Sports Time Radio in sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized
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For the third time in 16 days the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Chicago Bulls by double digit points. The Bucks pulled away in the second half to for a 116-96 victory. The win gets Milwaukee back to .500 at 16-16 while the Bulls fall back to two games under .500 at 16-18.

The Bulls got off to a good start as they scored 11 of the games first 12 points. Milwaukee spent the rest of the quarter coming from behind and did manage to cut the Bulls lead to three points on four different occasions. At the end of the first quarter the Bulls had a five point lead at 27-22.

Milwaukee started the second quarter off on a 9 to 4 run to tie the game at 31 all. The game went on to be tied a total of six times in the quarter. Towards the end of the quarter the Bulls where able to build a five point lead at 51-46 with just five seconds to play. Giannis Antetokoumpo hit a 3-pointer as the half expired to cut the Bulls lead to two at 51-49 headed into halftime.

The Bucks took the lead early in the 3rd quarter at 53-51 on another basket by Antetokoumpo. The teams swapped the lead a couple of times before Antetokoumpo helped Milwaukee build a nine point 69-60 with 5:46 left in the quarter. A Doug McDermott 3-pointer cut the lead to three at 79-76 with just 1:19 left in the quarter. Jason Terry then split a pair of free throws to give the Bucks a four point lead 80-76 after three quarters.

This game was much closer than the previous two encounters heading into the final quarter. This was the second game of a back to back for the Bulls and you have to wonder if maybe they ran out of gas as they only managed to score 20 points in the 4th quarter. Milwaukee on the other hand put up 36 points in the 4th quarter and where able to easily pull away for a 20 victory 116-96.

Giannis Antetokoumpo was the Bucks and the games high scorer with 35 points. Jabari Parker added 27 points for Milwaukee while Greg Monroe came off the Bucks bench to post a double-double. Monroe had 15 points and a game high 12 rebounds. Rookie Malcolm Brogdon got his first start of the season for the Bucks and posted his first career triple-double. Brogdon had 15 points, 11 rebounds and a game high 12 assists. Brogdon was the Bucks 2nd round pick (36th overall) out of Virginia and was averaging 8.0 points per game coming into this game.

The Bulls where led by Jimmy Butler who had 26 points. Butler also had a team high 8 assists. Doug McDermott came off the Bulls bench to score 13 points. Robin Lopez posted a double-double for the Bulls scoring 12 points and grabbing a team high 10 rebounds. Taj Gibson had 11 points and Nikola Mirotic off the Bulls bench added 10 points.

Milwaukee gets New Year’s Day off before they host the 20-13 Oklahoma City Thunder to start 2017. After dropping back to back games the Bulls also get New Year’s Day off before they before they host the 19-15 Charlotte Hornets.

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