John Henson led Milwaukee with 25 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks Tuesday.
It wasn’t pretty, but the Bucks (5-16) knocked off Chicago (8-11) on Tuesday, notching their third straight win at the United Center.
The Bucks shot just 40 percent from the field and committed 15 turnovers. Not to be outdone, Chicago went 31-of-83 from the field (37.3%) and turned the ball over 18 times.
Milwaukee jumped out to a 20-14 first quarter lead behind a strong start from John Henson, who finished the first half with 12 points, seven rebounds and five blocks. Chicago countered with a big second quarter, outscoring Milwaukee 28-15. Mike Dunleavy led Chicago with 18 first half points while Tony Snell chipped in nine points and five rebounds.
Trailing 42-35 entering the second half, Milwaukee continued to ride Henson into the fourth quarter, as the second-year forward finished with a ridiculous 25 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, three steals and six blocks in 41 minutes. The Bucks trimmed the Chicago lead to just two entering the fourth quarter before eventually taking a 72-66 lead with just under five minutes remaining.
A Mike Dunleavy, Jr. three with 1:59 remaining cut the Milwaukee lead to one, but John Henson drilled a difficult turnaround jumper (see below) on the other end to quiet the crowd and increase the lead to three. Still up three with 29 seconds remaining, Larry Drew called a timeout to set up a play. Though it resulted in Ekpe Udoh airballing a wide open jumper, the Bucks were able to force Chicago into a turnover on its next possession, and two ensuing Ersan Ilyasova free throws with under five seconds remaining sealed the victory.
Both teams were playing without a number of key players, but all three of Chicago’s injuries were to usual starters. Luol Deng (Achilles), Joakim Noah (thigh) and Jimmy Butler (toe) all sat out, forcing Tom Thibodeau to use just eight players. Five Bulls played at least 36 minutes, and Marquis Teague logged 23 off the bench.
Milwaukee was without Zaza Pachulia (foot), Caron Butler (knee) and Gary Neal (foot), while Miroslav Raduljica played just one minute and Luke Ridnour saw his first DNP-CD of the season.
Brandon Knight finished with a fairly bizarre line for a point guard. He fell one point shy of his season-high, scoring 19 points (8-23 FG) to go with 10 rebounds, two assists and six turnovers. Khris Middleton, who did not start the second half, added eight points and four rebounds. Ersan Ilyasova came off the bench to score 10 points in 31 minutes.
Chicago was led by 24 points from Dunleavy, Jr., while Carlos Boozer contributed 21 points and 12 rebounds. Snell added 13 and six rebounds, and Taj Gibson (10 points) was just one rebound shy of a double-double. Kirk Hinrich finished with one point in 40 minutes, missing all 10 of his field goal attempts. Over his last two games, Hinrich is 1-of-20 from the field.
Points: Henson (25), Dunleavy, Jr. (24)
Rebounds: Henson (14), Boozer (12)
Assists: Mayo (7), Hinrich/Teague (6)
Blocks: Henson (6), Dunleavy, Jr./Snell/Gibson (2)
Steals: Henson (3), Boozer (4)
Turnovers: Knight (6), Boozer/Gibson (6)