Milwaukee – – Demar DeRozan Sure enough, the Chicago Bulls changed their recent painful history against the Milwaukee Bucks and gave this first-round series a fresh new start.
Now it’s the Bucks’ defending champion who is suddenly hurting as the teams head to Chicago.
DeRozan scored a playoff high of his career 41 points and the Bulls beat the Bucks 114-110 on Wednesday night in Game 2. Nikola Vucevic He added 24 points and 13 rebounds while Zach Lavigne He scored 20 points to lead the sixth-seeded Bulls to beat the third-seeded Bucks for only the second time in their last 19 matches.
DeRozan said: “No matter what I did in the regular season, this is a whole new start and a new mentality. You can see it in all the players. It doesn’t matter if we lose 20 times to these guys. This is an opportunity for us to compete. We have to take advantage of it.”
The big question now is what the bucks will be like when this series resumes on Friday.
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer He said after the match that Middleton has a medial collateral ligament sprain and will have an MRI on Thursday.
“He’s always been positive and knows what kind of team we are and how resilient we are,” Jrue holiday She said. “We just want him to come back as quickly as possible and be healthy so he can get out here and help us win games.”
Budenholzer said Portis “should be fine for a while.”
Giannis Antikonmo He led the Bucks with 33 points, 18 rebounds, and nine assists, making him one pass from his second career in a triple playoff. Antetokounmpo increased his career after post-season points total to 1,715 to surpass him Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,692) for the largest amount in the history of the United States dollars.
Brooke Lopez He got 25 points for the Bucks. Middleton scored 18 and Holiday scored 15.
DeRozan scored eight points during the 13-0 streak that began late in the third quarter and gave the Bulls a 96-80 lead with 9:47 remaining. The Bulls still led 15 before Milwaukee rally in the last 7 and a half minutes.
Lopez turned a three-point play to cut Chicago’s lead to 112-109 with 56 seconds left.
“We expected these guys to run,” Vucevich said. “They’re a championship team for a reason. They’ve been there before, so we expected them to run.”
but then Alex Caruso And Vucevic had offensive rebounds on the Bulls’ ensuing possession and made DeRozan’s lead 114-109 with 18.2 seconds remaining.
Chicago rebounded from a 93-86 loss in the first game and continued to show the determination it lost late in the regular season, particularly when the Bulls were facing the top teams.
The Bulls have lost 15 of their last 22 regular season games. During the regular season, the Bulls only went 2-21 against the top four seeded women in each conference.
“I think playing some of these top-level teams at the end of the year is probably a bit of a strength for us, and helped us grow,” the Bulls coach Billy Donovan She said. “It helped us improve. It helped us to be able to have that kind of mentality that we have to move into the next play. I think in the times this year when we’ve played against good teams, when it’s starting to go the other way a little bit, we haven’t had Enough in us to get him back in our direction.”
Chicago finished the second quarter at 15-4 to take a 65-4 first-half advantage.
The Bulls extended the difference to 18 early in the third quarter, before the Bucks fielded a small squad that included Antetokounmue, Middleton and reserve guards. Grayson AllenAnd Pat Connaughton And Jevon Carter.
Milwaukee went a 15-2 boom to cut the Bulls’ lead to three late in the third period. But the Bulls hit back with 13 straight points and stayed ahead to reset the road.
“We did really well, but in the last minute of the third quarter I thought we could be better, and then out of the fourth quarter, another big swing,” said Budenholzer. “We dug ourselves some big holes.”
The Bulls: After shooting 32.3% for the low season and going 7 of 37 out of a 3-point range in a 93-86 loss in the first game, the Bulls shot 49.4% and went 12 of 25 from post-arc Wednesday. DeRozan, LaVine and Vucevic shot 21 of 71 overall and 4 of 22 from a 3-point range in Game 1. They were 33 out of 62 overall and 7 out of 14 on 3-point range in Game 2. … Caruso 10 assists to go along with nine points. … Patrick Williams He got 10 points and nine rebounds.
dollars: George Hill Missed the third game in a row due to abdominal strain. Budenholzer said before game two that Hill does not expect my return in the short term and that the team will be watching how the 35-year-old Hill guard progresses over the “next few days or more”…The Bucks had 15 turns to increase their streak total to 36.
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