Chicago started the week with a 6-10 record, lost four in a row, and now beat the top two teams in the NBA. The Bulls ended Boston’s nine-game winning streak on Monday.
“We’ve had some depressed moments. Losing games in a row, dropping games that we feel we should have won. We’ve been rapping at home,” DeRozan said. . “We’ve already gone through 20 games of the season and gone through so many emotions that can be useful. You have to soak in the wounds.”
The Bucks tallied 20 turnovers and the Bulls scored 17 points.
“They’re a really useful team, packing the paint,” Holliday said.
Milwaukee led 109-106 with White making a tying 3-pointer with 1:15 remaining. After Antetokounmpo was called for a charge, White took a pass from DeRozan and filled in three more to put the Bulls ahead.
“My teammates believed in me,” White said. “I was just trying to help us win.”
The Bucks turned the ball over on the ensuing possession, and DeRozan found Vucevic and swished corner three.
The Bucks have beaten their Central Division rivals in 17 of their last 19 games, including the playoffs.
“We’re happy with our competition. Milwaukee is a great team. They’re champions,” the Bulls coach said. Billy Donovan Said. “It’s a great yardstick, but it’s just one game for him.”
Teams need to focus on consistency, says LaVine.
“We can play anyone, we can beat anyone, but we have to have the same mindset every game,” he said. “Hopefully we can start racking up those wins.”
Antetokounmpo was limited to eight points on 4-of-11 shooting in the first half. He scored his 11 points in the 3rd quarter, but the Bulls held a 7-point advantage heading into the 4th quarter.
The Bulls built a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter before the Bucks fought back to equalize midway through the period.
Milwaukee led by 12 in the second quarter before Chicago rallied. Holiday’s buzzing jumper gave the Bucks his 62-61 halftime edge.
Bulls: Guard Goran Dragic He had an MRI and was sitting with a left neck stinger from Monday’s game. Donovan said the injury is causing Dragic’s tingling and numbness in his hands. …Donovan was whistled for his technical foul while arguing during his timeout.
Bucks: Milwaukee played the second game in a four-game streak at home over the course of the week. … Wes Matthews is back after a strained right hamstring saw him miss three games in a row.
Lavigne charged with Fragrant-1 foul following review after he kicked George Hill while attempting a jump shot. The call sent LaVine to the bench for a foul on his troubles.
“It was a good shot, but I hit him in the groin,” Lavigne said. “Obviously I didn’t try to do that. It’s a normal fade-out for me. I’m glad I got the win. It didn’t affect it.”
Bulls: Friday in Oklahoma City.
Bucks: Host Cleveland on Friday.
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